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Private Romeo (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 June 2011 (USA)
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A modern take on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Set at an isolated all-boys military academy, it follows the forbidden relationship between two cadets.

Director:

Alan Brown

Writers:

Alan Brown, William Shakespeare (adapted from the play "Romeo and Juliet")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hale Appleman ... Josh Neff / Mercutio / Capulet
Charlie Barnett ... Ken Lee / Prince Escalus
Adam Barrie ... Adam Hersh / Fr. Laurence
Chris Bresky Chris Bresky ... Omar Madsen / Nurse
Matt Doyle ... Glenn Mangan / Juliet
Sean Hudock ... Gus Sanchez / Capulet's Wife / Benvolio
Bobby Moreno ... Carlos Moreno / Capulet / Tybalt
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When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of 'Romeo and Juliet,' YouTube videos, and lip-synced Indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. Written by Anonymous

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Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shakespeare Project See more »

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Trivia

The scenes of the cadet school and the lessons of the play "Romeo and Juliet" are in desaturated colors, gray, khaki, and pale. The scenes depicting the actual Shakespearean scenes are exhibited in deeply saturated colors. See more »

Goofs

In the first military drill, the orders are "left-right, left-right." The visuals are right-left, right-left. The "dress right" orders are correctly applied. See more »

Quotes

Ken Lee: Too busy to work out today, cadets?
Omar Madsen: Come on.
Ken Lee: Since you didn't get your exercise in this period, why don't you both drop and give me forty?
Sam Singleton: YES, SIR!
Omar Madsen: Uh... Forty? I can't, I have to...
Ken Lee: FIFTY for you, Omar!
Omar Madsen: Shit.
Ken Lee: And when you're done, CADET MADSEN, gimme five tours around the track. Physical fitness is an important component of cadets' education and training.
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Busted Heart
Written by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder
Performed by Bishop Allen
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Gender Blind Casting is OK... PLOT-Blind cinematography is NOT
15 June 2014 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

Just watched Private Romeo and I gotta say I was disappointed after all the positive comments & reviews.

I understood that the story was a modern take on the Romeo & Juliet story set in a boys' military academy. For me it just didn't work.

I tried to get behind the "gender blind" casting, a variation on "color blind" casting in which the audience pretends NOT to notice a the actors race and just goes with the character as written. For me this didn't work because the characters adhered so loosely to the characters as written.

The story is all about how two factions are brought to grief when a member of each faction kills themselves after becoming a couple.

In this version, I couldn't tell the factions apart or even if there really were any. There were no parental arranged marriages, no killing of cousins in duels, and even bigger departures from the story... but that would be telling!

I'm a big fan of restaging Shakespeare in other scenarios. West Side Story and Ran are great examples where "bending the Bard" actually added new and interesting aspects to an already classic tale, but this one added nothing and detracted a LOT. I saw all of my favorite speeches of the play marred and made less by this staging.

Also the production values were glaringly deficient in spots. Why stage a military drill scene without bothering to ensure uniform uniforms, and with so small a number of "cadets?"

This felt much less organic throughout than that Woody Allen movie where he took an already released Japanese movie and substituted his own dialogue.

The boys were pretty and there were moments where the actors managed to get my interest & empathy DESPITE the total lack of any help from the vehicle they were performing in.

It may well be me. There are a number of very positive reviews of this film by critics from The NY Times and The Village Voice et. al. but after seeing this I'm if some form of payola wasn't involved...


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