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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Details

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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 Baz Luhrmann 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, Rovi

  • Release date:November 1, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Baz Luhrmann Alfred Bauer Prize 1997 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Leonardo DiCaprio Silver Bear for Best Actor 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Catherine Martin Best Art Direction-Set Decoration 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brigitte Broch Best Art Direction-Set Decoration 1996 Nominee

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
as Romeo
Claire Danes
as Juliet
John Leguizamo
as Tybalt
Harold Perrineau, Jr.
as Mercutio
Pete Postlethwaite
as Father Laurence
Paul Sorvino
as Fulgencio Capulet
Dash Mihok
as Benvolio
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Captain Prince
Christina Pickles
as Caroline Montague
Jesse Bradford
as Balthasar
Brian Dennehy
as Ted Montague
Vincent Laresca
as Abra
Miriam Margolyes
as The Nurse
Paul Rudd
as Dave Paris
Diane Venora
as Gloria Capulet
M. Emmet Walsh
as Apothecary
Jamie Kennedy
as Sampson
Miriam Margolyes
as The Nurse
Brian Dennehy
as Ted Montague
M. Emmet Walsh
as Apothecary
Diane Venora
as Gloria Capulet
Christina Pickles
as Caroline Montague
Jesse Bradford
as Balthasar
Paul Rudd
as Dave Paris
Vincent Laresca
as Abra
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Captain Prince
Dash Mihok
as Benvolio

Crew

Baz Luhrmann
Director
Gabriella Martinelli
Producer
Baz Luhrmann
Producer
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriter
Martin Brown
Screenwriter
Craig Pearce
Screenwriter
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Nellee Hooper
Songwriter
Nellee Hooper
Composer (Music Score)
Jill Bilcock
Editor
Catherine Martin
Production Designer
Doug Hardwick
Art Director
Martin Brown
Co-producer
Catherine Martin
Associate Producer
Jill Bilcock
Associate Producer
Brigitte Broch
Set Designer
Catherine Doherty
Set Designer
Kym Barrett
Costume Designer
Rob Young
Sound/Sound Designer
Rebecca Marie
Special Effects
Martin Walters
First Assistant Director
Brent Woolsey
Coordinator
Donald M. McAlpine
Casting
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