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Romeo and Juliet (1968)



Critic Consensus: The solid leads and arresting visuals make a case for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet as the definitive cinematic adaptation of the play.

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Zeffirelli's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless love story. Nominated for Best Picture Academy Award!

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Milo O'Shea
as Friai Laurence
Murray Head
as The Chorus
John McEnery
as Mercutio
Pat Heywood
as The Nurse
Natasha Parry
as Lady Capulet
Robert Stephens
as Prince Of Verona
Keith Skinner
as Balthazar
Dyson Lovell
as Sampson
Ugo Barbone
as Abraham
Paul Hardwick
as Lord Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici
as Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli
as Lady Montague
Roberto Bisacco
as Count Paris
Aldo Miranda
as Friar John
Dario Tanzini
as Tybalt's Page
Laurence Olivier
as Chorus, Narrator of Prologue
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Critic Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

The sets are tight and stagey, every corner is decorated with baroque lushness, every shot framed by a velvet curtain or silvery branch. And the dialogue isn't caged in by any attempts at naturalism.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

High-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play...

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey... They are magnificent.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Thank God for Shakespeare, and viva Zeffirelli, the moviemaker who can bring Shakespeare's genius even to a generation of cool, television-conditioned McLuhanite kids.

January 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Romeo and Juliet


Yes I think we all get the picture that the leads played their roles fantastically. The movie itself wasn't perfect because of the cheesiness of it. It's great if your into romance films but it's not for everyone. Olivia Hussey is definetely the best Juliet there's ever been. It's solid for a romance but as I said it wont hold universal appeal. The reason being for me because it didn't feel like it was on a large enough epic or tragic scale.

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Directors Cat

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I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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Saw this in English class my freshman year of high school. I don't have excellent memories of all of it, so I should probably rewatch it sometime, but, for a straight take on the story, it's probably the best one to pick. No one does spectacle like Zeffirelli.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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