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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Romeo
... Juliet
... Tybalt
... Mercutio
... Father Laurence
... Fulgencio Capulet
... Ted Montague
... Dave Paris
... Captain Prince
... The Nurse
... Balthasar
... Apothecary
... Gregory
... Sampson
... Benvolio
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Storyline

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers".

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Two households both alike in dignity, In fair Verona where we lay our scene. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,133,231, 3 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,351,345

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,554,998
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All the guns in the film are named after types of swords. The handguns belonging to Benvolio (SWORD 9mm Series S), Mercutio (DAGGER 9mm) and Tybalt (RAPIER 9mm) are Taurus PT99 9mm Parabellum pistols, identifiable by the adjustable rear sights. The handguns used by Romeo, Sampson and Gregory (DAGGER .45s) are Para-Ordnance P-13 .45 caliber pistols. In the scene where Mercutio is holding Romeo's pistol, it changes to a Para-Ordnance P-14. The other handguns used by Abra and Petruchio are a two-tone and reverse two-tone Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol. Ted Montague's "Longsword" is actually a South African MAG-7 shotgun. See more »

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The Nurse's position in the church. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anchorwoman: 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 doth, with their death, bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, naught could ...
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Excellent
7 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's a bit late to be reviewing this movie, but I find it an exceptional reboot. Everything about it is on permanent overdrive, as exemplified by the oversaturated setting and terse cinematography. Some people have reviewed this and expressed distaste at Harold Perinneau's portrayal of Mercutio in favour of the 1968 John McEnery. While "de gustibus non est disputandum" certainly applies here, I think it's worth pointing out that McEnery's performance brought a certain boorishness and abrasion to the character that Perrineau did not. Romeo, played by DiCaprio, was excellently cast and acted, striking a healthy balance between stunningly handsome and endearingly clumsy and exuberant. And I don't care what all you phonies say, Claire Danes was gorgeous.

Others have derided the film for certain choices made in the staging, combat, and/or nonverbal action, remarking "Where did Shakespeare write that?" Well. First, we are already working in a modern setting, so the assumption that historical accuracy in staging and direction should be followed to a T is frankly absurd. Second, the plays are public domain, which is a mixed blessing, as it brought us the 2013 R&J Sparknotes movie adaptation. But with that freedom comes a brilliant opportunity of artistic expression from the director, and each choice of omission or interaction in this production was apparently made with great care to maintain the integrity of the story being told.

To touch on comparisons between the 68 and 96 movies: don't try to tell me Leonard Whiting acted like he had any idea what he was saying. Have you people seen the movie?

This film is definitely worth your time. I find it to be a well-wrought revamping of one of my favourite plays from the Shakespeare Corpus.


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