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Romeo and Juliet (1976)

Romeo falls in love with the beautiful young Juliet, but their warring families spell tragedy for the lovers.

Director:

Joan Kemp-Welch

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Neame ... Romeo
Ann Hasson Ann Hasson ... Juliet
Laurence Payne ... Capulet
Mary Kenton Mary Kenton ... Lady Capulet
Peter Dyneley ... Escalus, Prince of Verona
Simon MacCorkindale ... Paris
Arthur Hewlett ... Friar John
Clive Swift ... Friar Lawrence
Roger Tallon Roger Tallon ... Abraham
Michael Macowan Michael Macowan ... Montague
Mark Rogers Mark Rogers ... Page to Paris
Martin Read Martin Read ... Officer of the Guard
Trevor St. John Hacker Trevor St. John Hacker ... Soldier of the Guard
Stephen Churchett ... Soldier of the Guard
Robin Halstead Robin Halstead ... Balthasar
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Romeo falls in love with the beautiful young Juliet, but their warring families spell tragedy for the lovers.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo y Julieta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

As mentioned in the interviews on the DVD, during the fight scene between Mercutio and Tybalt, a large jar of wine was broken in one of the takes, but missed in other takes. The jar appears alternatively broken and intact throughout the fight scene. See more »

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Version of Romeo and Juliet (1984) See more »

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A Refreshng Performance
19 February 2013 | by kaljicSee all my reviews

This is one of the Thames production of Shakespeare's plays which were produced in the late 70s and early 80s. They were of uneven quality; some were quite good, others average, and some were simply awful.

This reviewer includes this production of Romeo and Juliet as one of the better ones. There are several reasons for this assessment.

One, it is a complete production, or, certainly one of the most complete versions on film. Since it is complete or near-complete, it includes both the tragic elements of the play, plus the comic, which were many.

Two, there is real chemistry in the two major protagonists. The two actors, Christopher Neame and Ann Hasson, positively exude two people who are punch-drunk in love.

Three, Ann Hasson is a perfect Juliet. In Shakespeare's play Juliet is fourteen years old. Hasson has a youthful face and appearance and pepper's the role with the extreme emotionality of a preteen.

Four, the overall production works, and works well. Let's face it, familiar passages from Romeo and Juliet have been parodied for good reason, and these same lines in a weaker, less confident manner would simply sound hokey and wrong. From the lips of these two actors, there is a real urgency and legitimacy in their words, and hearing these oft-repeated lines the words sound fresh and new. It is a pleasant surprise.


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