William Shakespeare's Romeo + JulietDirector: Baz Luhrmann
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The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily -- and with serious consequences -- on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Father (not Friar) Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite) for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris (Paul Rudd). It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must, when Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation and brings his suicide wish to what was meant to be Juliet 's temporary tomb. This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide
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Cast & Crew
|Pete Postlethwaite||Father Laurence|
|Paul Sorvino||Fulgencio Capulet|
|Vondie Curtis-Hall||Captain Prince|
|Christina Pickles||Caroline Montague|
|Brian Dennehy||Ted Montague|
|Miriam Margolyes||The Nurse|
|Paul Rudd||Dave Paris|
|Diane Venora||Gloria Capulet|
|M. Emmet Walsh||Apothecary|
|Carlos Martin Manzo Ortalora||Actor|
|Kym Barrett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jill Bilcock||Associate Producer,Editor|
|Brigitte Broch||Set Decoration/Design|
|Maruis de Vries||Songwriter|
|Catherine Doherty||Set Decoration/Design|
|Miguel Gil||Asst. Director|
|Doug Hardwick||Art Director|
|Nellee Hooper||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Rebecca Marie||Special Effects|
|Catherine Martin||Associate Producer,Production Designer|
|Miguel Lima Martinez||Asst. Director|
|Donald M. McAlpine||Casting,Cinematographer|
|John (Cha Cha) O'Connell||Choreography|
|Martin Walters||Asst. Director|
|Rob Young||Sound/Sound Designer|
1. The Prologue [2:24]
2. Sycamore Grove [2:20]
3. Bachelor of the Year [2:49]
4. The Pool Hall [2:01]
5. The Capulet Mansion [2:10]
6. Mercutio at Sycamore Grove [2:42]
7. The Party Parties [7:14]
8. Romeo Spies Juliet [2:35]
9. Fulgencio Warns Tybalt [1:58]
10. Juliet, the Flirt [1:06]
11. First Kisses [1:07]
12. The Revelation [4:46]
13. The Party's Over [2:27]
14. Romeo Sneaks Back In [1:59]
15. Arranging the Marriage [4:09]
16. Boys on the Beach [1:25]
17. Romeo Gets the Word From the Nurse [6:31]
18. The Nurse Teases Juliet [4:19]
19. The Wedding [1:00]
20. Death on a Summer's Day [1:25]
21. Retribution at Twilight [2:37]
22. A Wedding Night [1:46]
23. Juliet Learns Her Options [2:57]
24. Romeo Misses a Message in Mantua [3:33]
25. Juliet Takes Her Medicine [8:23]
26. Romeo Learns of His Beloved's Fate [2:15]
27. Together at Last [1:47]
28. Epilogue [4:24]
29. End Titles [2:28]
English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Spanish Dolby Surround
French Dolby Surround
Pretty Piece of Flesh
Talk Show Host
Young Hearts Run Free
You and Me Song
When Doves Cry
Whatever (I Had a Dream)
Exit Music for Film
Baz Luhrman On/Off
Craig Armstrong On/Off
Marius De Vries On/Off
The London Music Mix
The Journey of the Song
Young Hearts Run Free
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An excellent movie!!! No doubt about it!!! This is what Romeo and Juliet would have looked like if Shakespeare was alive today!!
riveting. visually stunning yet beautifully rendered Shakespeare!
I think the director hit on Shakespeare’s intention. You can clearly see the original story but with a contemporary turn to it. This would make it better for high school students to understand. Luhrmann made sure that when you watch this movie full of fun and action, he will have you thinking this is nothing like what’s in the book, when really it’s the same story line. His use of details in the movie shows clearly what happen from the exposition to the resolution. I think if Shakespeare wanted Romeo and Juliet to be a movie this would have been it.
very wonderful ! better than the orginal. Leo did a great job as Romeo and i recommend this movie to all the Leo fans.
I have seen this film several times now, and each time I see, I enjoy it a little more. Everybody who discredits it is just biased towards what is considered the "true" Shakespeare version, and unwilling to accept change or merit an artists freedom of interpretaion. I enjoy both versions of the film and hold neither above the other, but I am willing to go along with Raz and not hate his work simply because it's different. I whole-heartedly enjoyed this film and encourage anyone who is a fan of the timeless tragedy to go and see it for themselves.
Having just seeen he movie for the fist time in a while, it renewed my passion for the story. It inspired me to start working on my own version..something very small. I loved Qindon Tarver's 'When Doves Cry' and 'Everybody's Free'. Those two songs totally make the movie complete. Over sll I loved it and will watch it over and over again. BAZ ROCKS!!!!
First off, Claire Danes should never be allowed near a Shakespeare book ever again. You can tell that she didn't understand most of what she's saying. DiCaprio is only slightly better. Probably the most classic scene in all of English literature, the balcony scene, has them diving into a pool in the Capulet's backyard. Romeo is on drugs before he meets Juliet at the party, while Mercutio goes to the party as a cross dresser. All of the characters are reduced to nothing more than common gangsters in a Miami-esque Verona Beach, speeding around in convertibles and waving "sword" guns. The only scene I did like was tomb scene- that was an interesting take that I rather enjoyed, and I thought that was beautifully done. The rest of it was a sad attempt at modernizing Shakespeare. Needless to say it didn't work.
If you want the lines delevered with the right pacing and the up and down beats, watch the 60's version. You want to see a classic seting and coustume, watch the 60's version. You want to see a different and refreashing take on your R+J watch this. Yeah, it's not the classic R+J but people need to realive that the other version isn't the classic either. The classic is writen by the bard himself and no other can come close. Both oposing films are a directors take on the play, not the real thing. Gosh, you people and your films are like the Montague's and the Capulet's. Both fighting for no appearnt reason. So take a break from your DVD players and read the play again, before you forget what the true Romeo and Juliet is.
I was pretty skeptical when I first started watching it, I mean, come on, Leonardo DiCaprio talking Shakespeare? I was almost embarrassed to watch. But after a while, I was sucked in. The humor was well placed, and the fast-pace-ness was just...amazing, the lines were well delivered, and the music hightened the story even more! I think I watched the whole thing about three times in a row. It's definitely a keeper and a movie that I will remember always. Definitely one to be recommended -- especially for the newer generations.
I absolutely loved the modernized movie. Leonardo Decaprio was awesome for the part of Romeo! I liked Claire Danes as Juliet, but I think they maybe could've picked somebody else. It was great though!
I just started watching this movie and i like it so far. leonardo plays romeo very well and claire danes plays juliet well. and, all the other characters are very fun and acted out well. although, if you can not stand shakespeare, i do not recommend this movie. the whole movie is spoken in shakespeare's language!
Sure. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays and it should be preserved 100%. But the work that they did in this version is outstanding! Even if you totally disagree with the theme it stays true to what Romeo and Juliet is. The actors are superb and the use of the city is beautiful and breathtaking. All in all- I don't know who could have done a better job on this play!
I love romeo+juliet becuse of the romantic scenes
I never liked Shakespeare. In fact it is safe to say that I absoloutly HATED him. My teacher said I should watch Romeo and Juliet, the Leo version, I watched it and I fell in love. I could easily recite the Balcony scene for you with 15 grapes shoved in my mouth. The directing skills of Baz continue to amaze me. This movie shows real love, and also real hate, and how the fight of elders can effect even the most innocent of lovers. I highly reccomend this movie! I'd give it 10000000 stars if I could!
Wow! i was absolutely apalled at this version of romeo and juliet. First of all what is up with romeo doing drugs!!! second of all there is a really good reason why it is called the balcony scene not the pool scene. The balcony scene is supposed to be the most romantic part of the play.Shakespeare is probably screaming his lungs out!!!!please stick to the 1968 version and avoid this........Dissapointment
This movie brought about a love of Shakespeare that this world has never seen before. Excellently acted and directed. It grabs your attention from the get go and keeps you interested throughout the entire length of this wonderful film. It tells of an endless love story that will never grow cold. It shows me that two people can love each other so much that they cannot imagine life without each other. They would rather die than spend even one day without each other. That inspires me to strive for love in a world where marriages and families break up everyday. Baz couldn't have found anyone better to play Romeo and Juliet. Leo and Claire have charisma together that can never be duplicated. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I can't wait to see it again.
This is a movie that will stay with me forever. i think i liked the whole movie. the only part i didn't like was how they both end up dieing. i wish there was a different ending.
This movie, i feel, was intended for non-old fashion people! It is so entertaining and moving in everyway. I felt the acting was fantastic and very believable. This is the movie that got me to come to love Shakespeare's work. Watch it!
I first saw this movie when I was 10 years old and it introduced me into the world of shakespeare. I recently saw it again and realized that there is so much depth to what I thought was a simple love movie! The movie was right on point with trying to make a shakespeare play appeal to the Masses. The movie provides an excellent alternative to the plays and other renditions of Romeo and Juliet that would put many to sleep... this movie was fast-paced, modern, and extremely well directed. The acting, especially by Claire Danes and Leonardo dicaprio were very authentic and believable. The set, costumes, colors, and whole idea is breathtaking! Never will you see another movie that shows such an advanced connection between the characters. Highly recommended.