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The solid leads and arresting visuals make a case for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet as the definitive cinematic adaptation of the play. Read critic reviews

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In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo (Leonard Whiting), a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Olivia Hussey), a Capulet. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's film is considered one of the best screen versions of Shakespeare's classic love story.

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  • Jun 03, 2013
    It may well be the definitive film version of the play, on top of being perfectly edited to the bare essentials of the story its got great performances all around (in particular Hussey and Whiting).
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  • Jan 24, 2012
    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.
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  • Dec 02, 2011
    I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2011
    I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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