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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.

Director:

Baz Luhrmann

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Craig Pearce (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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453 ( 68)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Romeo
Claire Danes ... Juliet
John Leguizamo ... Tybalt
Harold Perrineau ... Mercutio
Lupita Ochoa Lupita Ochoa ... Attractive Girl
Pete Postlethwaite ... Father Laurence
Gloria Silva Gloria Silva ... Nun
Paul Sorvino ... Fulgencio Capulet
Brian Dennehy ... Ted Montague
Paul Rudd ... Dave Paris
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Captain Prince
Carolyn Valero Carolyn Valero ... Middle Age Occupant
Miriam Margolyes ... The Nurse
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Middle Age Occupant
Jesse Bradford ... Balthasar
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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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Taglines:

The Classic Love Story Set in Our Time. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Claire Danes was only three years older than the character she played. It was her first ever experience of performing Shakespeare. See more »

Goofs

When on the beach preparing for a duel, Abra ejects all the bullets from Tybalt's magazine except one. Romeo uses that same gun, in a new location, to kill Tybalt, shooting him 6-7 times. However, Tybalt carries two guns. The one Romeo uses is the second gun, which at this point was not unloaded. See more »

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[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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Connections

Version of Romeo y Julieta (1943) See more »

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Local God
Performed by Everclear
Written by Art Alexakis and Everclear
Produced by A.P. Alexakis
Everclear appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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An eye-catching, starkly bold and breathtaking update of Shakespeare's greatest work.
30 December 1999 | by Cherry-19See all my reviews

This film is incredible. Yes, the play is modernized, and for those who panned the film, I suppose originality was too much to take. Luhrmann stays with the original dialogue, which I believe adds much to the film and gives it authenticity. Therefore it cannot be dismissed as a masterpiece dumbed down to appeal to us easy to please teenagers. The camera work at the most dark parts of the film is quick and choppy, adding to the already potent and ever present depressing, tragic atmosphere. All of the leads were strong, with Danes and DiCaprio having amazing chemistry. In this film DiCaprio wasn't popular yet, so again critics can't say Leo was the draw for this film. Danes was emotionally pure and driven, and this is her best work to date aside from the critical darling, "My So-Called Life." No, the leads were cast with good reason - there couldn't have been any better. Supporting roles were wonderful, with the roles of Mercutio and Tybalt being exceptional, and the friar, who may be the most important character in the story, is brought to life by Postalwaithe The dreamy underwater shots are fantastic. Luhrmann's version of this classic tragedy plays to both a younger and older audience, adding touches such as the names of the guns being the names of swords; and he yet updates the setting, bringing the fantastic Verona, Italy to Verona Beach, Florida. A timeless story such as this makes any criticism of this film unnecessary and foolish; view it with an open mind and you will see the story as Shakespeare wrote it and as Luhrmann envisioned it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,133,231, 3 November 1996

Gross USA:

$46,351,345

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,842,608
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DTS (as dts) (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby Digital) (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (as Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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