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.
A loud, screaming version of Shakespeare's most beloved play, this new version hardly warrants watching. With practically every word done at a scream, the movie loses some of the play's most tender moments. The only saving grace is Claire Dane's performance as Juliet. If only DeCaprio was up to the task. However, he seems stuck in an MTV video and screams his lines at such volume (at times) that they are barely recognizable. Brian Denney seems totally out of place as Lord Montague. Thankfully when I showed this to my Freshman English class (who had just finished reading the play and seeing the Zeffirelli version) hated it as much as I did. There is some hope for the future after all.
And so the film begins. It is a timeless tale of two starcrossed lovers, struggling to end a longlasting feud between their families. Don't be fooled by the modernization of Shakespeare's classic play...this movie was so cunningly directed that it seems as if Shakespeare wrote it for these times! The script (spoken in the original Shakespearean dialogue, mind you) is excellently adjusted and played out. The acting is so powerful that you'll be shivering as you watch the movie! Teenagers today can relate to this film wonderfully, which is another reason why it is so good. The music is haunting and astronomically moving...you can't go wrong with this great film! Rent it! Buy it! Watch it today! Parting is such sweet sorrow...
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 have loved this movie ever since it came out in '96 and this DVD is so awesome! The special edition is totally worth it!
Great film, they shoulda casted John as Some one else though, cause he dies, and I hate that....
I loved this moive! It made me cry! I would watch it over and over again if only I could find it!
I loved this adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It's the classic tragic love story set in a modern, Miami-like beach town, while still keeping all the same situations, characters, and old-fashioned dialogue. At first, it seems weird, because of the way they speak, but as you continue to watch, you become intrigued. Leo DiCaprio is sooo hott in this movie, and gives his usual excellent, and very emotional performance. Claire Danes is pretty good, but another actress might have done better. Still, the two have chemistry on-screen, and acted well. I had seen both this and the older version in class, but this film was so much better. I was crying at the end. Also, all the girls in my English class were hooked on the Quindon Tarver version of the song ''When Doves Cry'' from the soundtrack, which is also very good. This movie is extremely sad, but moving. I definitely recommend it.
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 movie not only showed shakespeare in a modern setting, but keeps you in to it. I have seen other versions and they just seem to go on forever; however, this version portrays the romance acurately without being boring. Leonardo DiCaprio was GORGEOUS in this movie, as was clare danes. I have so much more respect for both as actors after seeing their portrayal of Romeo & Juliet! Great Movie! and i LOVE the version of ''When Doves Cry'' from the movie!!!
This was a truely great movie, recommended for all!
we read the play in 9th grade and afterwards, watched this movie (along w. the older version) in class. after awhile, we ended up only watching this newer version! it was great to see how actual lines from the play were put into the storyline... it was so dramatic and the best movie EVER
I love this version of Romeo & Juliet because it gives you a modern understanding of what the story is really about. I first read the play in 9th(1999) and I just fell in-love with the story. After seeing the movie, it gave me a better understanding and I loved it even more. I must have read the book at least a hundred times and seen the movie more than that. I suggest that anyone one who is starting high school or even the 8th grade should read the play before watching the movie because the play gives you an idea and the movie confirms your idea. I will always love this story and will always recommend it to the younger generations.
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!!!!
I'm sorry, but Leonardo DiCaprio should not be allowed to do Shakespeare ever again. He is horrible at it.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE WITH ALL MY HEART! It had so much depth and it was very moving. I like how it was more modern because it was easier for me to understand the story. I recommend this movie to everyone who loves a good drama.