William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Movie Info & Cast


Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Claire Danes
  • John Leguizamo
  • Harold Perrineau
  • Pete Postlethwaite
  • Paul Sorvino
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Paul Rudd
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Miriam Margolyes

Did You Know?


  • Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, and John Leguizamo auditioned for the role of Mercutio before Baz Luhrmann decided to make Mercutio black. Benicio Del Toro was considered for the part of Tybalt.
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  • Juliet's hand and gun after she shoots herself.
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    • Romeo: He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
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Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection. [01Nov1996, Pg. 01.D]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today