Romeo and Juliet (1968) Review
By Christopher Null
Franco Zeffirelli's rendition of Shakespeare's classic tragic love story gets off to a slow and rocky start but eventually takes hold once its titular leads take over. The introduction of musical numbers isn't bad, though it severely dates this production to the '60s, however faithful it otherwise is as a period piece. Olivia Hussey's Juliet is the show stealer and would go on to modest success as an actress; Leonard Whiting (as Romeo), however, would quickly fade into obscurity in the following years. Winner of two Oscars and a Best Picture nominee.
Facts and Figures
Production compaines: Verona Produzione, BHE Films, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Starring: Leonard Whiting as Romeo, Olivia Hussey as Juliet, John McEnery as Mercutio, Michael York as Tybalt, Milo O'Shea as Friar Laurence, Pat Heywood as the Nurse, Robert Stephens as the Prince, Bruce Robinson as Benvolio, Paul Hardwick as Lord Capulet, Natasha Parry as Lady Capulet, Antonio Pierfederici as Lord Montague, Esmeralda Ruspoli as Lady Montague