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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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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 »

Goofs

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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Version of Romeo & Juliet (2017) See more »

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A Fine Version of Shakespeare's Tragedy!
7 July 2014 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Everybody knows the story of William Shakespeare's tragic love affair, Romeo and Juliet. They are young Verona teenagers who fall in love from warring families. The cast is wonderful. Rebecca Saire and Patrick Ryecart are perfectly cast as Juliet and Romeo. Dame Celia Johnson was wonderful as the Nurse. Alan Rickman was great as Tybalt. Sir Michael Hordern has a small role as Lord Capulet. Sir John Gielgud has even a smaller role as the chorus. This is fine and faithful version able to be shown to high school students studying this play as part of the curriculum. The art direction and female costumes are fine. Verona comes alive well. My biggest problem with the male costumes is the tights. The fight sequences look more like the ballet than fights. Maybe it was the style of the times.


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