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Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's classic tale of love and youth ruined by a family feud. The Montagues and the Capulets, two powerful families of Verona, hate each other. Romeo, a Montague, crashes a Capulet party, and there meets Juliet. They fall in love and secretly marry. After killing a nephew of Lady Capulet in a fight, Romeo is banished from Verona. Capulet tries to marry Juliet to Paris, a prince. Juliet seeks the counsel of Friar Laurence, who married her and Romeo. He suggests a daring plan that ends tragically.


Studio Warner
SKU 204647806
UPC 012569795273
UPC 14 00012569795273
Format DVD
Release Date 8/14/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Basil Rathbone - Actor
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Edward Ward - Original Music By
George Cukor - Director
Herbert Stothart - Original Music By
Irving Thalberg - Producer
John Barrymore - Actor
Leslie Howard - Actor
Margaret Booth - Editor
Norma Shearer - Actor
Talbot Jennings - Screenplay
William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
Nominee (1937) Oscar, Basil Rathbone, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Norma Shearer, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Cedric Gibbons, Best Art Direction,Oscar, Irving Thalberg, Best Picture
Review The play itself is nearly above reproach. True, the swordfight between Romeo and Juliet's stood up paramour, Paris (Ralph Forbes) is a needless complication...But the prose is spectacular. To appreciate it requires study of the printed word, for when the lines are delivered verbally, they fly too fast for their import to weigh. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time, he doesn't exclaim, "Whoa! She's hot!" Instead, he elaborates, "It seems she hangs about the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear"...It is impossible not to compare MGM's Romeo and Juliet with the better known 1968 version from Italian director Zeffirelli. The younger cast exudes energy, and let's admit that sometimes color cinematography can add a dimension. MGM gave all it could to the project. Perhaps it gave too much. If each of the parts is the best, that is not the same as what is best for the part. In other words, the film is overproduced, binding the hands of director Cukor.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress ...a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies ...the best Shakespeare film before Laurence Olivier started making them.
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