Romeo and Juliet (1968) is a 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It was directed by Franco Ziffirelli and starred Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting as Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague (Paul McCartney was originally asked to play the part of Romeo). It is one of the best-known film adaptations of the play to date.
It's often reported that Olivia Hussey was 15 at the movie's premiere, and thus not allowed to see it due to (her own) nudity. This is an urban myth. Her birth year is listed as 1951. The British film censor board gave Romeo and Juliet (1968) an "A" certificate. This would have made her 16 or 17 at the time of the film's release in 1968, and she legally could have viewed the picture. Even if she had been less than 16, she could have attended with a guardian. It's possible that the studio could have reported this, as newspaper interviews as late as 1968 still quoted her as being 15 years old, so her youth was clearly a publicity gimmick. The nude scene earned the film a PG rating, although its original rating was G.
- Olivia Hussey as Juliet Capulet
- Leonard Whiting as Romeo Montague
- Milo O'Shea as Tybalt Capulet
- John McEnery as Mercutio
- Milo O'Shea as Friar Lawrence
- Roberto Bisacco as Paris
- Bruce Robinson as Benvolio Montague
- Pat Heywood as the Nurse
- Robert Stephens as the Prince
- Antonio Pierfederici as Lord Montague
- Esmeralda Ruspoli as Lady Montague