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  • Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the leading roles. The film is an abridged modernization of Shakespeare's play. While it retains the original Shakespearean dialogue, the Montagues and the Capulets are represented as warring business empires and swords are replaced by guns. Some of the characters' names are also changed. Lord and Lady Montague and Lord and Lady Capulet are given first names, Friar Lawrence becomes Father Lawrence, and Prince Escalus is renamed Captain Prince. There is also no Friar John, who was in the original play. Also, some characters were switched from one family to the other—in the original, Gregory and Sampson are Capulets, but in the film, they are Montagues. In addition, a few plot details are shifted, most notably near the ending.

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  • My only love sprung from my only hate.
  • The Classic Love Story Set in Our Time.
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  • 11/1/1996
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