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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie...Great actors
Watching this as part of a highschool assignment, the teacher only allowed us to watch about 15 minutes of it. When I saw it playing on cable, I sat down to finish it. This, I must say, is the best version of Romeo and Juliet. In the '68 version The actors are young and even though it was made in '68, you can relate to them in this day. The acting is superb, no one better...
Published on June 21 2004 by Allegra
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but completely overrated
I'm probably going to infuriate a lot of people for writing this review, but someone has to, and I'm not afraid to do so.
I honestly believe that those who think Zefferelli's film is phenomenal do so for one of two reasons: 1. They believe that Shakespeare should only be performed in a Renaissance setting; or 2. They saw the movie when it came out in 1968, and were at...
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by Mathias
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered it.,
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST way to read this story.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes older is better!,
This review is from: Romeo and Juliet (DVD)The was the best movie of R and J ever and still shows well today! The two star-crossed lovers really do seem as young as in the play, although they both act their parts superbly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinamatic Poetry,
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Movie to own, Romeo and Juliet,
4.0 out of 5 stars The best interpretation of this work so far...!,
Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" is the 'quotemeister' for me amongst his plays. "Hamlet", of course, has quite a few memorable ones, and most often is the one quoted. however, R&J is BRIMMING with bon mots! Voila:
"Drawn...?! And talk of peace?! I hate the word."
"I tell you, he who lays hold of her, shall have the chinks!"
"Sweetmeats tainted are!"
"Who is Tybalt? Better then King of Cats, I'll wager!"
"I move for no man's pleasure, I!"
"T'is not so wide as a church door, nor as deep as a well, but t'is enough, t'will suffice!"
"Come back tomorrow, and you will find me a grave man....!"
"I AM FORTUNE'S FOOL!!"
"This day is black feint!"
"I know better men than him, and twenty such jacks..."
"Now...hie thee home....FRAGMENT!"
"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet...."
"Give me a case to put my visage in!"
"True...I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain..."
"She doth teach the torches to burn bright! She hangs upon the cheek of night, like a rich jewel in an ethiop's ear!"
I could go on for paragraphs listing all the great turns of phrase in this play/film, something Shakespeare was known for, but I'll spare you. Suffice it to say that the acting of all members of the cast is excellent, particularly John McEnry's Mercutio...he really couldn't have been a better choice for the role, as the jester among the Montagues. Olivia Hussey's Juliet is an elfin, delicate beauty that most fellas would give their left arm for, especially Italian fellas at the edge of the Middle Ages! Pat Heywood's Nurse is excellent...somehow, her exuberant and natural reading of the role allows you to ignore the fact that her rather strong cockney accent should be out of place in 17th century Verona. Michael York's Tybalt is great! The way he is made up, he resembles a mischievous young bull minus the horns, just the right look for the contentious, troublemaking character. The one SLIGHTLY weak spot seems to be Leonard Whiting as Romeo...he seems too plastic, too pretty...too perfect looking for a roughhousing teenage boy fascinated with the sweet young Juliet.
He is, however, light years better in the role than the weak presence cast in the OTHER prominent version of the story, the Norma Shearer/Leslie Howard version done in the 30s. Except for Shearer, who is a revelation in WHATEVER she's in, this version was a casting director's NIGHTMARE! Howard was a TRULY wimpy Romeo, totally unbelievable; John Barrymore was a 50 yr. old Mercutio and looked it, and, (and I have no idea who the casting director was who made THIS mistake,) Andy Devine was cast as a prominent supernumerary! That's Andy Devine, as in "Pluck your magic twanger, Froggy!" If it hadn't been for the presence of Ms. Shearer in this cast as Juliet and for the excellent B&W cinematography, the movie would be completely unwatchable. As it stands now, it's camp joke that should fuel Saturday night giggle parties for every university drama class you can name from here until Gabriel blows his horn!
Zefferelli's film was immensely popular for its time, making something like $40,000,000, if I'm not mistaken, in its initial release. It is beautifully staged, cast, acted and researched and can still hold an audience 36 years after the fact! The script seems to be written in a style very faithful to that of Shakespeare's own and the actors' turns of these phrases are expert in just about every case.
Nowhere in the world of filmed period plays will you see a better production than this geniune 60s phenomonon, (except for maybe "Amadeus", "The Lion in Winter" or "Excalibur"). Buy it or rent it...you will enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful,
As a bonus, Leonard Whiting is the most gorgeous man ever..
5.0 out of 5 stars the best play,
This review is from: Romeo & Juliet 68 (VHS Tape)This is the best version of romeo and juliet I ever saw. You really believed them as R and J. The movie was quite funny too. The whole cast is outstanding. Great work done by all.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet with Olivia Hussey!,
This review is from: Romeo & Juliet 68 (VHS Tape)For me, this is the only Romeo and Juliet Movie that matters! ... I've seen other movies of Romeo and Juliet and this is still the best one for me.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting were made for this movie. If Shakespeare could have picked these two actors to play his Romeo and Juliet he would have!
For me, it is the most realistic movie made of this story of love between two young people of that time. It is just beautiful and will remain so for years to come. ...5 stars at least!
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