Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)

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Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian cinematic adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name.

The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Sir Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was never credited in the film.



This version of Romeo and Juliet follows Shakespeare's play for the most part. The story is of two "star cross'd" lovers who want to be together, but fate tears them apart.

Romeo is of the Montague family while Juliet is of the Capulet family. The Montagues and Capulets constantly are disrupting the peace of Verona, for they hold a grudge against one another. This makes it very difficult for Romeo and Juliet to be together as planned.

Feuds constantly break out and one day, Romeo's friend, Mercutio begins to quarrel with Tybalt, Juliet's cousin. The quarrel turns to a duel and in attempts to stop the fight, Romeo interferes, and Tybalt's sword punctures Mercutio, who soon after dies. Wanting revenge, Romeo seeks to kill Tybalt, and succeeds. Therefore, Romeo is exiled for disrupting the streets for a fourth time.

This is a major turning point for the plot, for Juliet and Romeo no longer can be together. Not to mention, Juliet's father, Lord Capulet agrees to have her marry Count Paris. In attempt to avoid marrying Paris, and with desire to be with Romeo, Juliet seeks the Friar Laurence's help.

He creates a plan to make a potion for Juliet to drink to seem dead. Her family and Paris will think she's passed & put her in the family tomb. Later, while in the tomb, alone, Juliet will awake & Romeo will rescue her, and a happily ever after will occur. This is not the case.

Romeo's friend witnesses Juliet being put in the tomb and quickly leaves to tell Romeo. Romeo comes to the tomb at night & sees her dead and kills himself with a poison he retrieved from a lowly herbalist. She soon wakes up with Friar by her side, urging her to leave, for he knows Romeo is dead. He flees the scene. She quickly finds Romeo on the floor and kills herself with a dagger.

With the knowledge of Romeo dead & Juliet freshly bleeding, the Montagues & Capulets along with town members come to the area and finally realize that their family feud is what brought the death of their children. They then promise peace.

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