William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Front Cover Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo
Claire Danes Juliet
John Leguizamo Tybalt
Harold Perrineau, Jr. Mercutio
Pete Postlethwaite Father Laurence
Paul Sorvino Fulgencio Capulet
Carlos Martin Manzo Ortalora Gloria Capulet
Christina Pickles Caroline Montague
Paul Rudd Dave Paris
M. Emmet Walsh Apothecary
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Baz Luhrmann
Language English
Audience Rating PG13
Running Time 120 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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
Personal Details
My Rating 2
Seen It Yes
Index 154
In Collection Yes
Location Home
Owner Olavo Lira
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1