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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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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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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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The 1968 Royal Film Performance [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

| (initial release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

With the famous line "O, Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?", Juliette uses the word "wherefore" as though it means "where" rather than "how come" or "why", as implied by her subsequent utterance of "In the bushes? Under the balcony?" which isn't in the script of the classic plays, because the Juliette of the original is wondering the reason that the boy she's infatuated is Romeo, a Montague, rather than where he is. The alteration to the script was done for comedic effect, but going one step further to replace "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" with "Where art thou, Romeo?" (with a comma) would've averted this erroneous use of "wherefore", leaving only a slight deviation of the original meaning of Juliette's brief soliloquy instead. See more »

Goofs

In the opening fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, Tybalt gives Benvolio a very nasty stab to the eye (area) with his sword. Then, in the next scene, when Benvolio meets Romeo, he shows absolutely no sign of any injury or distress. See more »

Quotes

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-cross'd lovers take their life / Whose misadventured piteous overthrows / Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
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Version of Teatro de siempre: Romeo y Julieta (1967) 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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The ULTIMATE love story on film - ever!
26 January 1999 | by PhilauraSee all my reviews

Exquisite. The beauty, the innocence, the undeniable - all consuming fire of first love portrayed to the hilt. Juliet's delicate grace was breathtaking. I was totally convinced by this young acting team that they were as in love as is humanly possible. One can smell and taste 14-15th century Italy while following the locations. The performers, everyone, are as genuinely sincere in their humor and passions as one could possible imagine, bringing to life Shakespere's words like I've never seen before.

I cry every time I see it - all the way through. Mr. Zeffrelli, you are the best.


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