Romeo + Juliet

November 1st, 1996


Romeo + Juliet

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Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.8/10 (82,787 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. The gun-toting members of the families wage a vicious war on the streets as the star-crossed lovers, their tragic destiny.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Craig Pearce

Leonardo DiCaprio - Romeo
Claire Danes - Juliet
John Leguizamo - Tybalt
Harold Perrineau - Mercutio
Pete Postlethwaite - Father Laurence
Paul Sorvino - Fulgencio Capulet
Brian Dennehy - Ted Montague
Paul Rudd - Dave Paris
Vondie Curtis-Hall - Captain Prince
Miriam Margolyes - The Nurse
Jesse Bradford - Balthasar
M. Emmet Walsh - Apothecary
Zak Orth - Gregory
Jamie Kennedy - Sampson
Dash Mihok - Benvolio

Taglines: Hope & Despair. Tragedy & Love. Romeo & Juliet.

Release Date: 1 November 1996

Filming Locations: Alameda, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,133,231 (USA) (3 November 1996) (1276 Screens)

Gross: $46,338,728 (USA) (17 February 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Jesus statue that dominates Verona was actually a visual effect. In reality, it was 2 feet high.

Continuity: Romeo falls from the balcony into the pool as the Nurse appears. He should have fallen hard on the pavement around the pool edge. He could not have reached the pool, even if he'd leaped out on purpose.

[to Benvolio and Tybalt, who are fighting]
Captain Prince: Rebellious subjects! Enemies to peace! Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground!

User Review

A review of Baz Luhrumann's Romeo and Juliet


Shakespeare gets a Hollywood make over in Baz Luhrmann's high-octane remake of Romeo and Juliet.

The Australian director manages to combine an exciting mix of original Shakespearean dialect and Hollywood action, which together delivers a brilliant new concept to film making.

The casting of Leonardo Di Caprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet are inspired choices, as they both give the best performance of their fledgling careers.

Although this is a story which has been told many times before, Luhrmann keeps the idea fresh, mainly by using a lovely mixture of fast editing and beautifully choreographed fight scenes, which wouldn't look out of place in a John Woo action film. It also combines a fantastic soundtrack with a stunning backdrop of 'Verona Beach'.

Right from the explosive beginning to the tragic ending, Romeo and Juliet will keep you captivated. This is a testament to Luhrmann's brilliant snappy direction, which will take you on a rollercoaster ride of car chases, gun fights and a love that was destined to fail.

Luhrmann's ablity to keep the audience wanting more is no more apparent than the ending. You would have to have been living under a rock, for the last 100 years to not know how Romeo and Juliet ends. But Luhrmann manages to keep the audience hoping that this time it will be different.

Would Will Shakespeare be happy with this adaptation of his work? We'll never know, although any fans of Shakespeare should leave the cinema pleased with this mordernised version.


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