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Romeo and Juliet

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United Kingdom, Italy · 1968
Rated PG · 2h 18m
Director Franco Zeffirelli
Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Michael York
Genre Drama, Romance

Director Franco Zeffirelli's version of Shakespeare's renowned love story. Despite their feuding families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen deeply in love. The passionate young couple defy the wishes of their families and get married in secret, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.

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Chicago Reader by

Garish and goopy—a kind of West Side Story reworked into its original form.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

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

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