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1996 – Romeo + Juliet

Paul as Dave Paris
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Written by: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Produced by: Baz Luhrmann, Gabriella Martinelli
Production year: 1995
Original release: November 1, 1996
Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Other cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
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Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a post-modern city named Verona Beach. In this version, the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs. Juliet (Claire Danes) is attending a costume ball thrown by her parents. Her father Fulgencio Capulet (Paul Sorvino) has arranged her marriage to the boorish Paris (Paul Rudd) as part of a strategic investment plan. Romeo attends the masked ball and he and Juliet fall in love.