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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.

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... Romeo
... Juliet
... Nurse
... Capulet
... Chorus
... Friar Laurence
... Prince Escalus
... Mercutio
... Tybalt
... Lady Capulet
Christopher Strauli ... Benvolio
... Paris
Paul Henry ... Peter
Roger Davidson ... Balthasar
John Paul ... Montague
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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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3 December 1978 (UK)  »

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

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During publicity for the production, Rebecca Saire gave several interviews in which she criticised director Alvin Rakoff, stating that in his interpretation, Juliet is too childlike and asexual, much to the horror of the series producers, who cancelled several scheduled interviews with the actress in the lead up to broadcast. See more »

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Version of Romio x Jurietto (2007) See more »

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Alan Rickman is good, but others are too
8 August 2000 | by See 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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