Romeo and Juliet (1968 movie)

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Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea, Michael York, Paul Hardwick, Natasha Parry, Antonio Pierfederici and Esmeralda Ruspoli.

The movie was adapted by Franco Brusati, Maestro D'Amico and Franco Zeffirelli, and directed by Zeffirelli.

It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.

The film is noted as being one of the first versions of the play in which the main actors are near to the ages of the characters. Whiting was seventeen during filming, and Hussey was sixteen.

Its "love theme", written by Nino Rota, is very widely recognised in the UK because of its use by the disc jockey Simon Bates in his "Our Tune" feature.

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