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Romanoff and Juliet (1961)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 June 1961 (USA)
A "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired Cold War satire starring, written and directed by Peter Ustinov. A tiny but otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the... See full summary »

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Peter Ustinov

Writer:

Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... The General
Sandra Dee ... Juliet Moulsworth
John Gavin ... Igor Romanoff
Akim Tamiroff ... Vadim Romanoff
Alix Talton ... Beulah
Rik Van Nutter Rik Van Nutter ... Freddie (as Rik Von Nutter)
John Phillips ... Hooper Moulsworth
Peter Jones ... Otto
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Evdokia Romanoff
Suzanne Cloutier ... Marfa Zlotochienka
Edward Atienza Edward Atienza ... Patriarch
John Alderson John Alderson ... Randle Wix
Thomas Chalmers Thomas Chalmers ... Chief Executive
Carl Don Carl Don ... The spy
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... U.N. President (as Tony Selwart)
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Storyline

A "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired Cold War satire starring, written and directed by Peter Ustinov. A tiny but otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the deciding vote in a crucial United Nations resolution. As the U.S. and Soviet Union try to manipulate Condordia so that its vote aligns with their interests, Concordia's wily leader (Ustinov) turns the tables on the superpowers, pitting one against the other by playing matchmaker between the son of the Soviet ambassador and the daughter of his US counterpart. Written by GusF

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The Romantic Dither of the Decade!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

8 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dig That Juliet See more »

Filming Locations:

Todi, Umbria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pavla See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Romanoff and Juliet" by Peter Ustinov opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on October 10, 1957, ran for 389 performances and was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award for the Best Play. Peter Ustinov and Edward Atienza recreated their stage role in the movie and Ustinov was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. See more »

Quotes

The General: In view of the fact that in our opinion, the amendment to the amendment of the amendment of the draft resolution is incomprehensible, my delegation regretfully abstains.
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Version of Romanoff and Juliet (1965) See more »

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Lovely, low-key movie
21 February 2005 | by LinaStrickSee all my reviews

Very fond memories of Peter Ustinov getting more and more soused as he's bustling between embassies trying to figure out what the US and USSR are trying to do to his country! He is delightful and the movie's message is sweet. Most memorable, though, is the soundtrack with one haunting tune that I can hear as clearly now as decades ago when I last saw this film. How I wish it were on DVD!

Not nearly as biting as "The Mouse that Roared," though the era and theme are quite similar. "Romeo and Juliet" cried out to be used as a Cold War motif, and this does a very nice job of it, with a much more satisfying ending (if I may say so).


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