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Romeo & Juliet (1978)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 3 December 1978
Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

Director:

Alvin Rakoff

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Ryecart ... Romeo
Rebecca Saire ... Juliet
Celia Johnson ... Nurse
Michael Hordern ... Capulet
John Gielgud ... Chorus
Joseph O'Conor ... Friar Laurence
Laurence Naismith ... Prince Escalus
Anthony Andrews ... Mercutio
Alan Rickman ... Tybalt
Jacqueline Hill ... Lady Capulet
Christopher Strauli ... Benvolio
Christopher Northey ... Paris
Paul Henry Paul Henry ... Peter
Roger Davidson Roger Davidson ... Balthasar
John Paul John Paul ... Montague
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Storyline

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 misadventur'd piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife. Written by William Shakespeare

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

3 December 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the long-running BBC Television Shakespeare project, which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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When Juliet stabs herself, she thrust the dagger into her belly. In the next shot, the dagger is in her breast. See more »

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Alan Rickman is good, but others are too
8 August 2000 | by Peter JSee all my reviews

I was in high school when this was first broadcast on public television. I liked it better than what was then the latest movie version, because the movie cut out too many lines. I'll admit that Alan Rickman made an excellent Tybalt, but that's not the only memorable performance in that production. Michael Hordern was fine as Capulet. The big surprise for me was Celia Johnson as Juliet's nurse. She was such a wonderful actress that it more than made up for the fact that she was way too old for the part. (It was years later, after her death, I believe, that I saw her in her most famous role in the David Lean movie "Brief Encounter".) It's been over twenty years since I've seen that TV production and I don't think I'll ever forget it.


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