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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!
Drama , Romance
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Paramount Home Video

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Olivia Hussey
as Juliet
Milo O'Shea
as Friai Laurence
Michael York
as Tybalt
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
Bruce Robinson
as Benvolio
Paul Hardwick
as Lord Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici
as Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli
as Lady Montague
Roberto Bisacco
as Count Paris
Roy Holder
as Peter
Aldo Miranda
as Friar John
Dario Tanzini
as Tybalt's Page
Laurence Olivier
as Narrator of Prologue
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Critic Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (3)

Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2016
Little White Lies

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

Full Review… | May 19, 2016

Neither lead is a skilled actor, but the film's lush and unrepentant romanticism carries the day

Full Review… | July 28, 2013

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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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