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3.1
3,848 Ratings

Romeo + Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Directed by Baz Luhrmann
United States, 1996
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Stylized film version of the Shakespeare play stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the titular star-crossed lovers whose families are at war with one another in the violent, modern-day city of Verona Beach.

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Romeo + Juliet Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1997 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Critics reviews

Just as EL TOPO and DEAD MAN were labeled acid Westerns (by, respectively, Pauline Kael and Jonathan Rosenbaum, for better or worse) because of their countercultural leanings, one might consider Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO + JULIET to be “acid Shakespeare,” not only because of its polychrome aesthetics but also it’s nonpareil interpretation of the timeless classic.
December 09, 2016
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You want the rowdy guitars of Everclear’s ‘Local God’ as the Montague blokes speed along the freeway? You want Mercutio in sparkly drag leading a drugged up party in a rendition of Kym Mazelle’s ‘Young Hearts Run Free’? The range of music on this soundtrack – which also includes Garbage, The Cardigans and The Wannadies – is brilliant, with each song perfectly matched to moments that bring out their pulse.
February 02, 2016
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