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Romeo and Juliet [DVD] [] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • For his adaptation of this classic Shakespeare tragedy, director Franco Zeffirelli (TAMING OF THE SHREW) made the inspired choice of casting teenaged actors in the leads (Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting), and their youthful innocence adds an extra dimension of beauty and tragedy to the story. Shot on location in Italy, the film benefits from an earthy sense of realism, a cast of excellent supporting actors, and a memorable soundtrack by Nino Rota. This saga of star-crossed lovers caught in their feuding family's crossfire had strong political resonance at the time of its release, and has lost little of its poignancy.

    Academy Awards Best Costume Design 1968
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1968 Pasqualino De Santis

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  • Credits
    Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Milo O'Shea, Michael York, Paul Hardwicke, John McEnery, Laurence Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Natasha Parry, Bruce Robinson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Opulent..."
    USA Today

    "...The costumes and everything else in the film -- the photography, the music, above all Shakespeare's language -- is so voluptuous, so sensuous..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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