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Romeo and Juliet Details

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Director [[Performer~P117884~Franco Zeffirelli~francozeffirelli]]'s 1968 version of [[Performer~P314726~Shakespeare~williamshakespeare]]'s [[Feature~V179146~Romeo and Juliet~romeoandjuliet]] was touted at the time of its release (successfully, if the box-office receipts are any indication), as something of a "youth trip" movie. This is because [[Performer~P117884~Zeffirelli~francozeffirelli]] broke the long-standing tradition of casting over-aged, sometimes grey-haired players in the title roles. Seventeen-year-old [[Performer~P75998~Leonard Whiting~leonardwhiting]] plays Romeo, with 15-year-old [[Performer~P34125~Olivia Hussey~oliviahussey]] as Juliet. The youthfulness and inexperience of the leading players works beautifully in the more passionate sequences (some of these breaking further ground by being played in the nude). Among the younger players are [[Performer~P78072~Michael York~michaelyork]] as Tybalt and [[Performer~P47334~John McEnery~johnmcenery]] as Mercutio. The duel between Romeo and Tybalt starts out as a harmless, frat-boy exchange of insults, then escalates into tragedy before any of the participants are fully aware of what has happened. Photographed by Pasqualino DeSantis on various locations in Italy, [[Feature~V179146~Romeo and Juliet~romeoandjuliet]] was one of the most profitable film adaptations of [[Performer~P314726~Shakespeare~williamshakespeare]] ever produced. Its most lasting legacy is its popular main theme music, composed by [[Performer~P109049~Nino Rota~ninorota]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leonard Whiting New Star of the Year - Male 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Havelock-Allan Best Picture 1968 Nominee
National Board of Review Franco Zeffirelli Best Director 1968 Winner
Directors Guild of America Franco Zeffirelli Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Franco Zeffirelli Best Director 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nino Rota Best Original Score 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Olivia Hussey New Star of the Year - Female 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lord John Brabourne Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pasqualino De Santis Best Cinematography 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Danilo Donati Best Costume Design 1968 Winner

Cast

Olivia Hussey
as Juliet
Leonard Whiting
as Romeo
Milo O'Shea
as Friar Laurence
Michael York
as Tybalt
John McEnery
as Mercutio
Pat Heywood
as The Nurse
Natasha Parry
as Lady Capulet
Robert Stephens
as Prince Of Verona
Keith Skinner
as Balthazar
Dyson Lovell
as Sampson
Ugo Barbone
as Abraham
Bruce Robinson
as Benvolio
Paul Hardwick
as Lord Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici
as Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli
as Lady Montague
Roberto Bisacco
as Count Paris
Roy Holder
as Peter
Aldo Miranda
as Friar John
Dario Tanzini
as Page to Tybalt
Roberto Antonelli
Carlo Palmucci
Laurence Olivier
as Narrator of Prologue
Murray Head
as The Chorus

Crew

Franco Zeffirelli
Director
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Producer
Lord John Brabourne
Producer
Franco Zeffirelli
Screenwriter
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Franco Brusati
Screenwriter
Masolino D'Amico
Screenwriter
Pasqualino De Santis
Cinematographer
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Henry Mancini
Songwriter
Lorenzo Mongiardino
Production Designer
Luciano Puccini
Art Director
Richard Goodwin
Associate Producer
Christine Edzard
Set Designer
Danilo Donati
Costume Designer
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