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Romeo & Juliet (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 2013 (UK)
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Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.


Carlo Carlei


Julian Fellowes (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
3,179 ( 421)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Lord Capulet
Laura Morante ... Lady Montague
Tomas Arana ... Lord Montague
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Benvolio
Natascha McElhone ... Lady Capulet
Stellan Skarsgård ... Prince of Verona
Tom Wisdom ... Count Paris
Matt Patresi ... First Capulet Servant
Marcus J. Cotterell Marcus J. Cotterell ... Second Capulet Servant (as Marcus Cotterell)
Christian Cooke ... Mercutio
Ed Westwick ... Tybalt
Hailee Steinfeld ... Juliet
Lesley Manville ... Nurse
Anton Alexander ... Abraham (House of Montague)
Douglas Booth ... Romeo


In the city of Verona, two families have a prolonged and ancient feud. The Montagues and the Capulets co-exist under the stern eye of the Prince, but the hatred between the families threatens all, in particular the children. The young men of both families are hot-blooded and ready to fight at any provocation, despite the Prince's edict against such fights. But when young Romeo, a Montague, first sets eyes on the virginal Capulet daughter Juliet, no enmity between families can prevent his falling in love with her, and her with him. From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most dangerous love story ever told.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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UK | Italy | Switzerland


English | Latin

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo + Juliet See more »

Filming Locations:

Verona, Veneto, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$520,116, 13 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,161,089, 1 December 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Horner was originally hired to write the music and indeed completed the score, which was subsequently rejected. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: 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. And, so the Prince has called a tournament, to keep the battle from the city streets. Now, rival Capulets and Montagues, they try their strength to gain the royal ring.
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Version of Romeo e Giulietta (1964) See more »


Written and Performed by Zola Jesus
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Brilliant Cinematography, I don't believe they "changed" any of the lines, instead the writer adds further explanation of the details.
16 February 2014 | by ShearahElrelSee all my reviews

I'm quite shocked that this adaptation is receiving bad reviews. They come out with a new version of Romeo and Juliet every 10 years it seems and although I still love Romeo+Juliet from the 90s I love this one for different reasons.

Romeo and Juliet is such a beautiful tragic love story, I applaud the filmmakers for their choices. I loved the setting for this film, such beautiful and grand locations. Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona and this film captures it beautifully.

The jousting in the opening scene was genius for that was probably taking place at the time. It was more historical accurate and it really showed and felt right for Shakespeare's classic. I loved how Romeo was a sculptor, when he is talking about Rosaline and sculpting her, that was perfect for the time period. Romeo as an artist just makes sense. At first, I had reservations that Bonvelo, (who let's be honest is the real reason why Romeo discovers Juliet's "dead") is played by such a young actor but he made me a believer, when Romeo gives him that final goodbye, it was just heartbreaking. Men were also made at a younger age during that time so we can historically accept that. Also, when Bonvelo gives Romeo the news, Romeo has this moment where he looks up at that beautifully painted Fresco and he has that very Hamletesque moment the "To be or not to be," inner struggle that the filmmakers probably wanted the audience to reference.

No film production of this play will please everyone, alas I feel in love with it!It was those little details that were added that made me enjoy this adaptation. I cried again for the star crossed lovers, this film has magic for those who give it a chance!

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