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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann (1996)

115min
12 Certificate
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Baz Luhrmann's flamboyantly hip, achingly modern and unashamedly teen-targeted update of Shakespeare's enduring romantic tragedy casts Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the star-crossed title roles. The lovers are transplanted from 15th-century Italy to MTV-era "Verona Beach" - a place of gang warfare, raves, motorbikes and party drugs. The dialogue is true to the text, but delivered as if it were modern parlance, while the soundtrack (a mix of alt-rock, dance and orchestral) keeps the narrative pumping along. A closer cousin to West Side Story than Franco Zeffirelli's lush 1968 classic, it couldn't be more palatable to younger audiences, while Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino and Miriam Margoyles add adult thespian gravitas. A bold, infectious and courageous entry to the canon of Shakespeare adaptations - abridged and tweaked, inevitably - it made DiCaprio a teen pin-up and minted Luhrmann as one of modern cinema's master showmen.

Summary

A city is divided by the conflict between two feuding families - the fathers are bitter business rivals, and the younger generation are continually fighting in the streets. The son of one household falls in love at first sight with his enemy's daughter - but the vendetta threatens their secret romance. Baz Luhrmann's modern update of Shakespeare's tragic love story, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Pete Postlethwaite and Miriam Margolyes.

Cast & Crew

Romeo Leonardo DiCaprio
Juliet Claire Danes
Ted Montague Brian Dennehy
Tybalt John Leguizamo
Father Laurence Pete Postlethwaite
Fulgencio Capulet Paul Sorvino
Gloria Capulet Diane Venora
Mercutio Harold Perrineau
Dave Paris Paul Rudd
Balthasar Jesse Bradford
Benvolio Dash Mihok
Nurse Miriam Margolyes
Director Baz Luhrmann
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Some violence, a sex scene. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 15 Feb 2013

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