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Rome & Jewel (2008)

This modernization of Shakespear's tragic love story Romeo and Juliette is set in Los Angeles against a backdrop of inter-racial romance.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Parker ... Rome
Lindsey Haun ... Jewel
Allen Maldonado ... Mercury
Elijah Kelley ... Ben
John Rubinstein ... Mayor Capps
Cleavant Derricks ... Reverend Q
Greg Siff ... Ty
Stephanie Dyann Stephanie Dyann ... Kara
Russell Howard Russell Howard ... Perry
Cole Griffin Cole Griffin ... Jay
Ted Lyde Ted Lyde ... Parishoner
Alison Coster ... Vegas Cop
Joe Palese Joe Palese ... Vegas Cop
Les Feltmate Les Feltmate ... Policeman
Thomas Magazeno Thomas Magazeno ... Security Guard
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This modernization of Shakespear's tragic love story Romeo and Juliette is set in Los Angeles against a backdrop of inter-racial romance.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Camarillo, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Rome & Jewel LLC See more »
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Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Take It From A Guy Who Was There,,,See It!!!
21 May 2006 | by DepricoSee all my reviews

I happen to have been an Uncredited Actor in this film-I played one of The LAPD Officers in the scene where we shut "The Pool Party" down.

Admittedly, because I appear in this film, I might be biased in favor of this production, but I think that this is a wonderfully produced, directed and written work.

The actors took the filming of this movie very seriously! Everyone was as professional as anyone on any set that I've ever been on! I worked most closely with Les Feltmate, (The Other Police Officer,) Lindsey Haun, (Jewel,) Stephanie Dyann, (Kara,) Nate Parker, (Rome,) Cole Griffin, (Jay,) Russel Howard, (Perry,) and a host of very young Extras. Everyone was great on this set and I have extremely fond memories of working on this film last August and Sept.

Working with Director Charlie Kanganis was a distinct pleasure! Charlie is a very intense, yet a personable and fair director with an extraordinary eye for detail. One of my favorite memories is when he took the 78 pound, 35mm film camera on his' own shoulder to demonstrate what he wanted done in one particular shot. He was awesome to work with and I would like to work with him again someday.

I happen to have had three films playing in The Film Festivals this year, but of all, "Rome And Jewel" was the best and it was my only full-length feature in the festivals this year.

Furthermore, this movie was done on a very tight budget. I thought that with our budget that this turned out to be a very good looking film! Of course, it isn't Oscar-worthy, it wasn't mean't to be such a film. This is more of a film with a message and I hope that it's message is understood and heeded to by today's young people.

See this film! Don't see it because we worked hard to make it, but because it's a good movie, it is entertaining and the message against racial bigotry is strong and it is a good lesson for all audiences that prejudice can lead to extraordinary tragedies. This is a message that is timely even in the early 21st Century.

David Cubero


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