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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.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Franco Brusati (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Whiting ... Romeo
Olivia Hussey ... Juliet
John McEnery ... Mercutio
Milo O'Shea ... Friar Laurence
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... The Nurse
Robert Stephens ... The Prince
Michael York ... Tybalt
Bruce Robinson ... Benvolio
Paul Hardwick ... Lord Capulet
Natasha Parry ... Lady Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici Antonio Pierfederici ... Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Lady Montague
Roberto Bisacco ... Lord Paris
Roy Holder ... Peter
Keith Skinner ... Balthazar
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Storyline

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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No ordinary love story... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet See more »

Filming Locations:

Viterbo, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$38,901,218
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (initial release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although this movie was originally shown with a mono soundtrack, and although the soundtrack on the DVD is mono, the three soundtrack albums made from this movie (one with score and dialogue excerpts, one with the entire movie soundtrack, and one with only the music) were all released in stereo. See more »

Goofs

When Benvolio sees Romeo and tries to find out what ails him, he sits down and feigns to read a book. However, the book had hitherto been strapped with a thread. The time to undo the thread and sit down as if reading is too short. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life Whose misadventured piteous overthrows do with their deaths bury their parents' strife.
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Alternate Versions

The "Intermission" title card, unseen in the U.S. since the film's original 1968 roadshow release, is restored to the DVD. See more »

Connections

Version of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet/II (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

What Is Youth?
Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
Vocal by Glen Weston
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Leonard and Olivia
13 November 2007 | by claudiaeilcinemaSee all my reviews

This was the first time we actually saw the teenage love Shakespeare intended. Years and years before Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Houssey gave life to the tragic story told in this ancestral tale, revamping it without betraying it, making it accessible to a 60s audience without updating it. Leonard and Olivia were so beautiful that Shakespeare became trendy again and I don't mean any disrespect by it, I'm simply stating a fact. The real, stunning, dusty locations, the costumes, the faces, the music made the whole thing a totally new Shakespearen experience. Remember than the biggest screen adaptation of this play had been with the forty something Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in those roles. Here everything reeked of youth underlining the tragedy in the most cinematic way. Another important point is to confirm that in 2007 the film still feels young and fresh. Recommended


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