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PG-13| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a post-modern city named Verona Beach. In this version, the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs. Juliet (Claire Danes) is attending a costume ball thrown by her parents. Her father Fulgencio Capulet (Paul Sorvino) has arranged her marriage to the boorish Paris (Paul Rudd) as part of a strategic investment plan. Romeo attends the masked ball and he and Juliet fall in love.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio , Claire Danes , Brian Dennehy , John Leguizamo , Pete Postlethwaite , Paul Sorvino , Diane Venora , Harold Perrineau

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Genres: Romance, Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Release Date: November 1st, 1996|2 hr. min.

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  • Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence. show more

  • The result is embarrassing: quick cuts and shaky, hand- held camera work, bad acting and lots of attitude. show more

  • Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection. [01Nov1996, Pg. 01.D] show more

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