• William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996)

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Release Date: November 1st, 1996

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 1999

PG-13 |2 hr 0 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

Production Co: Bazmark Films, Twentieth Century Fox

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Mother , 1990s , Father , Murder , Growing up , Passionate , Forbidden love , Revenge ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    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]

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    As the doomed lovers, DiCaprio and Danes -- both luminous, limpid-eyed beauties -- are allowed to deliver delicate, unpretentious performances, and their love becomes a modest, frighteningly fragile oasis amidst a tawdry saturnalia of noise and glitter. show more

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Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)