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Romeo & Juliet (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 2013 (UK)
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Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

Director:

Carlo Carlei

Writers:

Arthur Brooke, Julian Fellowes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Lord Capulet
Laura Morante ... Lady Montague
Tomas Arana ... Lord Montague
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Benvolio
Natascha McElhone ... Lady Capulet
Stellan Skarsgård ... Prince of Verona
Tom Wisdom ... Count Paris
Matt Patresi ... First Capulet Servant
Marcus J. Cotterell Marcus J. Cotterell ... Second Capulet Servant (as Marcus Cotterell)
Christian Cooke ... Mercutio
Ed Westwick ... Tybalt
Hailee Steinfeld ... Juliet
Lesley Manville ... Nurse
Anton Alexander ... Abraham (House of Montague)
Douglas Booth ... Romeo
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Storyline

In the city of Verona, two families have a prolonged and ancient feud. The Montagues and the Capulets co-exist under the stern eye of the Prince, but the hatred between the families threatens all, in particular the children. The young men of both families are hot-blooded and ready to fight at any provocation, despite the Prince's edict against such fights. But when young Romeo, a Montague, first sets eyes on the virginal Capulet daughter Juliet, no enmity between families can prevent his falling in love with her, and her with him. From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most dangerous love story ever told.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo & Juliet See more »

Filming Locations:

Verona, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$520,116, 13 October 2013

Gross USA:

$1,162,635

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,966,268
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lily Collins was the original choice for Juliet but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Hailee Steinfeld later replaced Collins. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge, break to new mutiny, where civil blood, makes civil hands unclean. And, so the Prince has called a tournament, to keep the battle from the city streets. Now, rival Capulets and Montagues, they try their strength to gain the royal ring.
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Connections

Version of Romeo at Julieta (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Amor Dona Ch'Io Te Porto
Anonymous, late 15th Century
Performed by Ensemble La Rossignol
P 2003 Tactus Records - Licensed by
Machiavelli Music Publishing
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Woe is me.
12 October 2013 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." Count Paris (Tom Wisdom)

The "woe" in this umpteenth adaptation of Romeo and Juliet over the last 400 years is that the titular lass, as played by Hailee Steinfeld, is weakly acted with immaturity, poor elocution, and disappointing physical presence. Add to that another woe: Douglas Booth's Romeo is prettier than Steinfeld with only slightly better articulation.

So, the outdoor production I saw this summer outflanked director Carlo Carlei's uneven take. However, for sets and cinematography, his production is beautiful, having been lovingly filmed in Verona. The ancient estates are astonishingly effective as horses race past old bricked walls and lovely ladies act beneath frescoes and columns that boast of nobility.

Yet the real reason to see this new production is Paul Giamatti's Friar Laurence, a benign manipulator undone by forces beyond his control. Giamatti's range from sweet confessor and cupid to perplexed operative is masterful. Look for his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Lesley Manville as the Nurse is second only to Giamatti, a loving servant with a twinkle and a deep understanding of the lethal games. In fact, most of the supporting players such as Damian Lewis's Lord Capulet are welcome pros next to the amateurish leads.

The film, while featuring the besieged friar, also does a successful job highlighting the egregiously intense hormonal urges of young men: Tybalt (Ed Westwick) and Mercutio (Christian Cooke) have the feral ferocity of doomed warriors. Even the more placid Count Paris is waiting to let his inner soldier take over in the revenge category.

Writer Julian Fellowes bastardizes some of Shakespeare's glorious dialogue (why would anyone try to improve on the best?) and even adds rogue lines, albeit in the Elizabethan mode, such as "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Now that is not Shakespeare!

But the basic story is still the essence of intelligent soap opera, and for its endurance, even with weak leads, I am grateful. And that cinematography makes me long to return to fair Verona.


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