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Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis
A feature film adaptation, much cut, and aimed at a mainstream, young audience. Beautifully photographed and costumed, the film was a huge box office success and a forerunner of the ‘teen movie’.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; Italy
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1968
Duration
152 mins; 13,680 feet

Credits

Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Producer
Anthony Havelock-Allan; John Brabourne
Cinematographer
Pasquale de Santis
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Franco Brusati; Masoline D’Amico
Music
Nino Rota
Costume
Danilo Donati
Cast
Leonard WhitingRomeo
Olivia HusseyJuliet
John McEneryMercutio
Milo O’SheaFriar Laurence
Pat HeywoodNurse
Aldo MiranadaFriar John
Antonio PierfedericiMontague
Bruce RobinsonBenvolio
Dyson LovellSampson
Esmeralda RuspoliLady Montague
Keith SkinnerBalthasar
Laurence OlivierChorus
Michael YorkTybalt
Natasha ParryLady Capulet
Paul HardwickCapulet
Richard WarwickGregory
Robert StephensEscalus, Prince of Verona
Roberto BisaccoParis
Roy HolderPeter
Ugo BarboneAbram

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Dance; Drama; Women’s studies; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Teen movie
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Notes

Notes
The Folger Shakespeare Library holds a photocopy of dialogue script dated July 8 1968. The Birmingham Shakespeare Library also holds a dialogue script.
General
"The importance of Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the history of Shakespeare film cannot be overestimated ... Every film reflects the moment of its creation; with Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ however, the problem is that it reflects very little else" (Michael Anderegg, Cinematic Shakespeare).

Laurence Olivier provided the dubbing voice for Antonio Piefederici (Montague).
Figures
$38,901,218 (US Gross) IMDb 2005
Awards
Academy Award 1969 - Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.
BAFTA Film Award 1969 - Best Costume Design, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Production Company

Name

British Home Entertainment

Name

De Laurentiis (Dino) Cinematografica

Name

Verona Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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