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Romeo + Juliet
Breathlessly daring re-invention of the Bard's tragi-romance across social barriers, featuring two tour-de-force performances from the young stars at its centre. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) are the youngest members of their clans, the Montagues and Capulets, who have been at war with one another for many years. Bloodshed, bitterness and betrayal litters the two clans' histories, both sides too proud and too consumed with anger to broker a lasting peace. In these tense times, Romeo and Juliet fall in love and attempt to continue their illicit liaisons, despite the heartache and grief it would cause their parents if they ever found out. Inevitably, the bad blood between the families taints their perfect love, resulting in the death of Romeo's most loyal aide Mercutio (Harold Perrineau) and Juliet's brother hot-headed Tybalt (John Leguizamo). Unable to accept their fates, Juliet turns to local priest Father Laurence (Pete Postlethwaite) for help, who suggests a radical and highly dangerous course of action.