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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 8 October 1968 (USA)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Romeo
... Juliet
... Mercutio
... Friar Laurence
Pat Heywood ... The Nurse
... The Prince
... Tybalt
... Benvolio
... Lord Capulet
... Lady Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici ... Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Lady Montague
... Lord Paris
... Peter
... Balthazar
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Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Drama | Romance

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet  »

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$38,901,218
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Zeffirelli initially planned the film as a television production. Then Paramount became involved and increased the budget. See more »

Goofs

In the bedroom, Juliet's arm is lying across her chest. In the next shot it's by her side. See more »

Quotes

Mercutio: Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels? If thou makes us minstrels, look to hear nothing but discords. Here's my fiddlestick
[draws sword]
Mercutio: ; here's that will make you dance. Zounds, consort!
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Referenced in The Face of an Angel (2014) See more »

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What Is Youth?
Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
Vocal by Glen Weston
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A lovely rendering of Shakespeare
9 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Truly one of the best films ever created of Shakespeare's plays. While in today's MTV - short attention span world this film may seem boring, in 1968 this film was revolutionary (I am not prejudice since I am in the MTV generation). Until this time R&J had been played by much older actors, since it was assumed they could understand Shakespeare's language. In 1968, Franco Z. gives us actors the actual age of Shakespeare's lead characters and they can act. Add to that stunning sets, costumes and music, the result is a moving artistic creation. The performances are superb, my personal favorites being Michael York's Tybalt and Milo O'Shea's the Friar. The language can be difficult and the action plotting, but one has to have patience when devoting attention to Shakespeare's plays, acted or read. Enjoy!


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