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Paul Rudd
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Clueless (film)
Romeo + Juliet
Overnight Delivery
The Object of My Affection
200 Cigarettes
The Cider House Rules (film)
The Great Gatsby (2000 film)
Wet Hot American Summer
The Shape of Things
Two Days
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
The Baxter
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Oh in Ohio
Diggers (film)
Night at the Museum
Reno 911!: Miami
I Could Never Be Your Woman
The Ex (2007 film)
Knocked Up
The Ten
Over Her Dead Body
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
I Love You, Man
Monsters vs. Aliens
Year One (film)
Dinner for Schmucks
How Do You Know
Our Idiot Brother
Bridesmaids (2011 film)
Wanderlust (2012 film)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (film)
This Is Forty
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Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
Rudd at Hollywood Life magazine's 8th Annual Breakthrough Awards, December 2007
Paul Stephen Rudd
April 6, 1969
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active
Julie Yaeger (m. 2003–present)
Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. He has primarily
appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman,
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Dinner for Schmucks, The Object of
My Affection, Role Models, I Love You, Man, and Our Idiot Brother. In television, he appeared on the NBC sitcom
Friends, playing Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend and later husband.
Early life
Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey.[1] His parents, both originally from London (England), were Jewish, and
were descended from immigrants from Russia and Poland;[2] [3] the family's original surname, "Rudnitzky", was
changed by his grandfather to "Rudd".[4] [5] Rudd had a bar mitzvah.[6] His father, Michael, was a historical tour
guide who was formerly the vice president of World Airways, while his mother, Gloria, was a sales manager at the
television station KSMO-TV.[7] [8] When he was ten, Rudd's family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where he was
raised; his family also spent three years living in Anaheim, California, because of his father's occupation.[9] [10] [11]
He attended high school at Shawnee Mission West and college at the University of Kansas.[12] [13] He spent three
months studying Jacobean drama at the British American Drama Academy based in Oxford, U.K.[14] [15]
Paul Rudd
Rudd made his breakout performance in the 1995 film Clueless, which turned him into a minor teen idol. Additional
early-career credits include Wet Hot American Summer, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Cider House
Rules, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and The Object of My Affection. He also garnered recognition with a
recurring role on the television sitcom Friends as Mike Hannigan, who married Phoebe Buffay. Rudd's Broadway
acting credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997), Twelfth Night (1998), and Three Days of Rain (2006). He
guest-starred as a has-been 1990s rock star, Desmond Fellows, on the television series, Veronica Mars, in an episode
titled "Debasement Tapes". He voiced the audiobook recordings of John Hodgman's books The Areas of My
Expertise and More Information Than You Require. In 2006 he appeared in several episodes of Reno 911! as "Guy
Gerricault" (pronounced "jericho"), the coach of a lamaze class, and portrayed a drug lord in the film Reno 911!:
Rudd became a full-fledged comedy star with his roles in Judd Apatow pictures The 40-Year-Old Virgin (directed by
Apatow) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (produced by Apatow). In 2007 he starred as frustrated
husband Pete in Knocked Up, his third collaboration with Apatow and Seth Rogen. That year he also starred in indie
favorite The Oh in Ohio and The Ten, which reunited him with David Wain and Michael Showalter. The former film
was a box-office and critical disappointment as was his next starring vehicle, Over Her Dead Body with Eva
Longoria. He bounced back with a memorable supporting role as Kunu (Hawaiian for "Chuck"), the drug-addled surf
instructor in Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall which also starred Jason Segel and was produced by
Apatow. The film was a hit, as was his next comedy Role Models, where he and co-star Seann William Scott
portrayed energy-drink salesmen forced to perform community service in a child mentoring program. Rudd also
cameoed in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Year One and Night at the Museum.
In 2009, Rudd he appeared with Jason Segel in I Love You Man. He
lent his voice to the star-studded Dreamworks computer-animated hit
movie Monsters Vs. Aliens. In 2010 he reunited with Steve Carell for
the first time since Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for the Jay Roach-directed
comedy Dinner for Schmucks, which also featured Zach Galifinakis
and Ron Livingston.
Rudd (right) with I Love You, Man co-stars Jason
Segel and Rashida Jones at the premiere in March
Rudd has become one of the most popular and marketable stars of Judd
Apatow's films and others in the same vein, starring often with other
Apatow regulars like Seth Rogen (four films), Jonah Hill (three films),
Leslie Mann (three films), Kristen Wiig (three films), Jason Segel (three films), Steve Carell (four films), Elizabeth
Banks (five films), and less noticeably Joe Lo Truglio (five films).
Running gags on television
As part of a running gag during his appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan
O'Brien and Conan, Rudd has brought a clip from the film Mac and Me, where the wheelchair-using Eric (Jade
Calegory) flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual film he is there to
promote.[16] [17] He also has appeared on stage for Conan O'Brien's live tour.
Personal life
In 2003, Rudd married his girlfriend of five years, Julie Yaeger; they have a son, Jack Sullivan, and a daughter,
Darby, and live in Manhattan, New York. Rudd frequently travels to Overland Park, Kansas, where he went to high
school.[18] He is a fan of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals and National Football League's Kansas City
Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 HBO special Hard Knocks.
Paul Rudd
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Tommy Doyle
Romeo + Juliet
Dave Paris
The Size of Watermelons
The Locusts
Overnight Delivery
Wyatt Trips
The Object of My Affection
George Hanson
200 Cigarettes
The Cider House Rules
Wally Worthington
Gen Y Cops
Ian Curtis
The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway
Wet Hot American Summer
Reaching Normal
The Château
Graham Granville
The Shape of Things
Adam Sorenson
Two Days
Paul Miller
House Hunting
as Paul Stephen Rudd
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Brian Fantana
Sammy Silverstein
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Brian Fantana
The Baxter
Dan Abbott
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Tennis, Anyone...?
Lance Rockwood
The Oh in Ohio
Jack Chase
Night at the Museum
Reno 911: Miami
Ethan the Drug lord
I Could Never Be Your Woman
Adam Pearl
The Ex
Knocked Up
The Ten
Jeff Reigert
Also Producer
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
John Lennon
Uncredited Cameo
Over Her Dead Body
Dr. Henry Mills
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Chuck or "Kunu"
Role Models
Danny Donahue
Also Writer
Paul Rudd
I Love You, Man
Peter Klaven
Monsters vs. Aliens
Voice Only
Year One
Uncredited Cameo
Billy Phillips
Dinner for Schmucks
Tim Conrad
How Do You Know
George Madison
Our Idiot Brother
Stalker II: Billy Begins
Billy Phillips (William B. Phillipson)
Uncredited DVD Cameo
Producer, Post-Production
Casting By
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This Is Forty (Knocked Up Spin-Off)
1992–1995 Sisters
Kirby Quimby Philby
Recurring guest star
Wild Oats
Brian Grant
Series regular
Guest star, episode: "I Got You Babe"
Zander Price
Guest star, episode: "Lovers and Madmen"
Strangers with Candy
Brent Brooks
Guest star, episode: "The Last Temptation of
2002–2004 Friends
Mike Hannigan
Recurring guest star 18 episodes
Guest star, episode: "Office Party"
Cheap Seats
Dave Penders
Guest star, episode: "1996 Spelling Bee: Part
Robot Chicken
Jasper the Douchebag Ghost, Ang Guest star, episode: "Book of Corrine"
2006–2007 Reno 911!
Guy Gerricault
Recurring guest star
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show
Antagonistic Passenger
Guest star, episode: "Gold Watch"
Veronica Mars
Desmond Fellows
Guest star, episode: "Debasement Tapes"
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas
Little Britain USA
French president
Guest Star
Saturday Night Live
Host (November 15)
Guest Star (February 13)
Saturday Night Live
Cameo (May 16)
City Chiefs
Paul Rudd
Saturday Night Live
Cameo (March 6)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Himself, Celery Man, Oyster,
Guest star, episode: "Man Milk"
The Simpsons
Homer's Therapist, Dr. Zander
Guest star, season 22
Saturday Night Live
Host (December 11)
Saturday Night Live
Cameo (November 19)
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behind_paul_rudd_theres_a_seri. html). 2009-03-22. . Retrieved 2011-07-30.
[2] "Movies that Bang! Hiller Movie Reviews: The Shape of Things (2003)" (http:/ / www. bangitout. com/ reviews50. html). .
Retrieved 30 July 2011.
[3] Ginott, Jamie H. (17 April 1998). "An `Object' of Affection: Talking with Paul Rudd" (http:/ / www. thecrimson. com/ article/ 1998/ 4/ 17/
an-object-of-affection-talking-with/ ). . Retrieved 30 July 2011.
[4] Vancheri, Barb (30 August 2007). "Paul Rudd fondly re-members black-and-gold fever" (http:/ / www. post-gazette. com/ pg/ 07243/
813538-42. stm). Pittsburgh Post Gazette. . Retrieved 1 September 2007.
[5] De Vries, Hilary (1 September 2002). "Simply Rudd: Actor Paul Rudd may finally be ready to be the Next Big Thing... if he can just quit
being an artist" (http:/ / www. highbeam. com/ doc/ 1G1-91657864. html). HighBeam Research. . Retrieved 10 December 2007.
[6] Wizon, Tod. "Alfred Uhry by Paul Rudd" (http:/ / bombsite. com/ issues/ 60/ articles/ 2088). . Retrieved 30 July 2011.
[7] Weiner, Caren (26 April 1998). "FILM; Suddenly the Object Of Much Attention" (http:/ / query. nytimes. com/ gst/ fullpage.
html?res=9F04E7D6163FF935A15757C0A96E958260). The New York Times. . Retrieved 10 December 2007.
[8] Garron, Barry (23 October 1994). "Actor takes his career in stride For Paul Rudd, the cancellation of 'Wild Oats is merely a bend in the road"
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p_text_direct-0=0EAF40FAE443789D& p_field_direct-0=document_id& p_perpage=10& p_sort=YMD_date:D& s_trackval=GooglePM).
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www. ew. com/ ew/ article/ 0,,20040158,00. html). . Retrieved 30 July 2011.
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question_answer_paul_rudd/ ?jayplay). . Retrieved 30 July 2011.
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paul-rudd-oxford-elvis-costello). GQ. . Retrieved 2 June 2010.
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July 2011.
[17] Paul Rudd on Conan promoting Role Models (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=ij9A7ad7si4& feature=related)
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[21] This Is Forty (http:/ / www. imdb. com/ title/ tt1758830/ ) at the Internet Movie Database
Paul Rudd
External links
• Paul Rudd ( at the Internet Movie Database
• Paul Rudd ( at the Internet Broadway Database
• Paul Rudd ( on National Public Radio
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
The Curse of Michael Myers
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Joe Chappelle
Produced by
Moustapha Akkad
Malek Akkad
Paul Freeman
Written by
Daniel Farrands
Donald Pleasence
Paul Stephen Rudd
Marianne Hagan
Mitch Ryan
Music by
Alan Howarth
Cinematography Billy Dickson
Editing by
Randolph K. Bricker
Distributed by
Dimension Films
Release date(s)
September 29, 1995
(United States)
Running time
88 minutes (Theatrical)
94 minutes
(Producer's cut)
89 minutes (Director's cut)
United States
$5 million
Box office
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 American horror film and the sixth installment in the Halloween
series. Directed by Joe Chappelle from a screenplay by Daniel Farrands, the plot involves the "Curse of Thorn", a
mystical symbol first shown in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and revealed in the film to be the source
of Michael Myers' evil.[1] The cast includes Paul Rudd (in his first film appearance) as Tommy Doyle, a returning
character from the original Halloween film, and Donald Pleasence reprising his final role as protagonist Dr. Sam
Loomis. Jamie Lloyd's appearance in the beginning of the film ties up loose ends to Halloween 5: The Revenge of
Michael Myers.
Curse opened to a respectable $7.3 million on September 29, 1995, coming in second to New Line's seminal serial
killer thriller Seven.[2] Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and the Thorn plotline would be ignored in
succeeding installments, 1998's Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and 2002's Halloween: Resurrection. However, the
2001 Halloween comic book series published by Chaos Comics — and based on Farrands' concept for the eighth
Halloween film — attempts to bridge the continuity between The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20.
The sixth installment is known for its controversial behind-the-scenes history, suffering from re-shoots in production
and numerous cuts and arrangements made in the editing room; the workprint of the film, with 43 minutes of
alternate footage including a different ending, was eventually discovered by fans of the series. This version, dubbed
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
"The Producer's Cut" (as it was the original intended version of the film) developed a strong cult following, with
bootleg DVD copies sold on eBay.[3]
Six years after the events of Halloween 5, it is revealed that the Man in Black seen throughout the previous movie
who had rescued Michael from the Haddonfield Police Station had also abducted his niece Jamie Lloyd as well. At
this point, a now 15 year old Jamie (J.C. Brandy) has been impregnated. The baby is born on October 30, 1995 and is
then carried away by the Man in Black who appears to be a leader of a Druidistic-like cult. Later that night, Mary
(Susan Swift), a nurse, helps Jamie escape with her baby she warns is in harms way. Michael (George P. Wilbur), in
pursuit of Jamie and her newborn, kills the nurse. Jamie and the baby flee in a stolen pickup of a drunk motorist
(who quickly becomes Michael's next victim) and hides at a dark and deserted bus station. She calls into a local radio
station for help, only to be ignored by the DJ Barry Simms (Leo Geter) who is doing a broadcast on the Haddonfield
murders. Michael nearly corners her, but she escapes only to later be run off the road by Michael. Beaten and
exhausted, she makes her way inside of an old barn where Michael pushes her into a corn thresher, only to find that
Jamie does not have the baby.
Meanwhile, Tommy Doyle (Paul Stephen Rudd), the child Laurie Strode babysat in the first film, has his eye on a
family who has moved into the old Myers house across the street from the boarding house where he lives. The
boarding house is run by a mysterious old woman named Mrs. Blankenship (Janice Knickrehm). For years, Tommy
has been obsessed with finding the truth behind the murderous motives of Michael Myers. After hearing Jamie
begging for help on a local radio show, Tommy finds her baby at the bus station, takes the child into his care and
names him Steven. Tommy runs into Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) at the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and tells
him of a family living in the old Myers house when the two are convinced Michael has indeed come back to
The people living in the Myers house are relatives of the Strode family who had adopted Laurie. While Kara Strode
(Marianne Hagan), her six-year-old son, Danny (Devin Gardner), and Kara's teenage brother, Tim (Keith Bogart),
are at school, Dr. Loomis visits their mother Debra Strode (Kim Darby) and reveals to her that she is living in
Michael's home. After he leaves, Debra calls her husband John (Bradford English) who is at work and tries to
convince him to leave Haddonfield but is then killed by Michael. Later, Kara returns home to find Danny in his room
with Tommy, whom he had met while on his way home. The three of them go to Tommy's house across the street,
where Tommy reveals to Kara that he believes Michael was selected by a cult of people to be under the influence of
an ancient rune symbol called Thorn; that druid astronomers claimed originated from a constellation of stars that
appear from time to time on Halloween night. It is an ancient Druid curse that represented a demon that spread
sickness and caused destruction. To prevent this, a child from each tribe was chosen to inherit the curse and would
offer a blood sacrifice of its next of kin on the night of Samhain (Halloween). The curse explains why Michael is
trying to kill his family and also accounts for his superhuman abilities.
While Tommy goes out to look for Dr. Loomis at a party at the Haddonfield Junior College, Mrs. Blankenship
reveals to Kara (after talking to Danny) that she was babysitting Michael Myers when he killed his sister many years
ago, and that Danny hears the "voice" telling him to kill just like Michael Myers heard when she was babysitting him
the night he killed Judith. This indicates that he is to be the next child to come into the influence of Thorn.
Meanwhile, Michael kills Barry Simms, John Strode, and then Tim and his girlfriend Beth (Mariah O'Brien). After
Tommy returns to the boarding house with Dr. Loomis, the "Man in Black" finally reveals himself as Dr. Wynn
(Mitchell Ryan) from the original Halloween. After a terrifying showdown, he and his cult of people who appear to
be the "Cult of Thorn" take Kara, Danny, Steven, and Michael back to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, with Tommy and
Dr. Loomis drugged for the time being. When they awake, they follow the cult to Smith's Grove where Loomis
confronts Dr. Wynn. Wynn credits him for recognizing the evil he corrupted inside Michael, and implies how
Jamie's baby represents a new cycle of it. After inviting Loomis to join in on his conspiracy, Loomis calls Wynn out
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
on his evil scheme before being knocked unconscious by a staff member.
Meanwhile, Tommy finds Kara locked in a room in the maximum security ward. After a brief confrontation with
Michael, they continue on to find Danny and Steven. In the hallway they see a team of surgeons standing outside the
operating room, discussing what they think is a possible scientific breakthrough procedure they are about to work on
as a result of a genetic experiment they just conducted with a unique genetic makeup. Dr. Wynn joins them and they
all walk into the room, and Tommy and Kara soon sneak into the adjoining room where they find the children. They
watch the doctors begin to perform the procedure, but Michael soon interrupts it, walking in with a surgical machete
and slaughters them all (though Dr. Wynn's fate remains unclear in this sequence). Tommy, Kara, and the kids run
with Michael in hot pursuit until they hide in a high-tech medical laboratory. Inside the lab, Kara notices tanks
containing human fetuses inside each one of them with a chart of runes and scientific letter codes; both connected
together by the Thorn symbol. As it concludes to be though vaguely, Dr. Wynn has been trying to create the curse in
it's purest form to have control over; using Michael's DNA and possibly women of the institution through IVF
Michael breaks into the room where Tommy injects him with tranquilizers of a corrosive and beats him into
unconsciousness with a lead pipe. As Dr. Loomis, Tommy, Kara, Danny, and Steven are about to escape, Loomis
tells them to go on without him because he has "a little business" to attend to. Back inside the building, Michael's
mask is found lying on the floor of the lab room as the screams of Dr. Loomis can be heard in the background.
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Paul Stephen Rudd as Tommy Doyle
Marianne Hagan as Kara Strode
George P. Wilbur as Michael Myers
Mitchell Ryan as Dr. Terence Wynn
Kim Darby as Debra Strode
Bradford English as John Strode
Keith Bogart as Tim Strode
J.C. Brandy as Jamie Lloyd Carruthers
Mariah O'Brien as Beth
Leo Geter as Barry Simms
Devin Gardner as Danny Strode
Susan Swift as Mary
Janice Knickrehm as Mrs. Blankenship
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
In 1990, screenwriter, and long-time Halloween fan, Daniel Farrands, had set out to write
the sixth entry in the Halloween series. Farrands gave his horror movie scripts to the
producer of Halloween 5, Ramsey Thomas; impressed by his writing, Thomas set a
meeting for Farrands with executive producer Moustapha Akkad. Farrands described the
The Runic symbol of
Thorn, which is a major
theme in the film.
I spent weeks preparing for the meeting and came in with a huge notebook filled with HALLOWEEN research – I had the entire series laid
out in a timeline, a bio of every character, a “family tree” of the Myers and Strode clans, as well as all of the research I had compiled about
the runic symbol (Thorn) that was briefly shown in “Halloween 5.” I then laid out how I thought all of this might be explored in HALLOWEEN
Although the producers at the time had already sought to make a sixth Halloween film, a series of complicated legal
battles ensued which delayed plans for a sequel; eventually Miramax Films (via its Dimension Films division)
bought the rights to the Halloween franchise.
In 1994, Akkad called Daniel Farrands for him to write the sixth Halloween film, after several screenplays from
writers were deemed insufficient. Farrands has said his initial intent for Halloween 6 was to "bridge the later films
(4-5) in the series to the earlier films (1-2) while at the same time taking the story into new territory so that the series
could expand for future installments."[5] Daniel Farrands had written several drafts to the film. His final draft,
originally titled Halloween 666, went through eleven different drafts.
The writer and filmmakers' intentions with the script were to ultimately unveil what had kept Michael Myers alive,
and his reasons for killing. They decided upon using the "Curse of Thorn"-angle, which is the concept that Myers
had been under the influence of an ancient Celtic curse that drove him to murder all family members in his
bloodline; once this task was completed, the curse would be passed onto another young child.
Donald Pleasence returned as Dr. Loomis, in his last performance; according to Farrands, Pleasence "loved the script
for 6, however, and told me that he felt it was the best story since the original." Danielle Harris was asked to reprise
her role as Jamie Lloyd, but she and Dimension could not come to an agreement over her salary and ultimately did
not want to pay Danielle more than she received in Halloween 4. Harris herself admitted to "not caring for the script"
and that upon meeting with director Joe Chappelle, did not see "eye to eye" on things. She also stated that she did not
like that Jamie would be killed in the beginning of the film, because her character was no longer important to the
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
series.[6] She ultimately opted out of reprising the role, and J. C. Brandy was cast instead. The producers wanted
Brian Andrews to reprise his role as Tommy Doyle. However, without an agent, they could not get in contact with
The leading female role, Kara, was given to Marianne Hagan; however, Hagan has since stated that Miramax did not
favor her, and made aesthetic criticisms about her being "too thin" and her chin being "too pointy".[6]
For the role of Dr. Terence Wynn, Mitchell Ryan was cast; Farrands originally urged the producers to cast
Christopher Lee, having had the veteran horror actor in mind when writing the character. Denise Richards also
auditioned for the part of Beth, but the studio passed on her, giving the role to Mariah O'Brien.
Stunt performer George P. Wilbur, who portrayed Michael in the fourth installment, reprises his role as the silent
unstoppable killer in the film.
Fred Walton (director of When a Stranger Calls and April Fool's Day) was originally attached to direct Halloween 6
but dropped out.[7] Cult movie director Jeff Burr also expressed interest in directing the film at one point.
Filming started in October 1994 and was shot mostly in Salt Lake City, Utah; the city was experiencing an early
winter at the time which proved troublesome for the production company. Producer Paul Freeman and director
Chappelle reportedly rewrote the ending on-set, even from shot to shot as production deadlines loomed large.
Freeman also sent the crew home when crucial scenes needed to be shot; deleting scripted scenes indiscriminately,
rewrote dialogue and action sequences; and took it upon himself to direct second-unit shot as well supervised the
post-production phase of the original cut and made a series of blunders that resulted in Miramax taking control of the
film, ordering reshoots.[6]
In early 1995, after filming and editing was completed, Halloween 6 was given a test screening which, as described
by actress Marianne Hagan, "consisted primarily of 14-year-old boys."[6] During the Q & A afterward, one of them
expressed great displeasure at the ending of the film, which entailed a Celtic ritual and the passing on of the Curse of
Thorn to the Dr. Loomis character. As a result of the audience's disapproval toward the film's finale, the movie was
rushed back into production, this time without Donald Pleasence, who died on February 2, 1995.
The film's ending was excised from the original cut that had been shown in the test screenings, and an entire new
ending was shot that nearly dropped the film's "Curse of Thorn" concept entirely. Additionally, over twenty minutes
of other footage was removed from the film during the re-editing process, creating several plot holes in the final cut.
Some violent footage was also edited out for fear of an NC-17 rating. This including some extra seconds of Jamie
being impaled on the drills, with more blood pouring from her mouth and extra closeups of the drills going through
her body. The other major edited scene involved Michael ramming the doctor's head through the bars in the hospital
until his head is gorily mashed through and pulps of his skull hit the floor. This footage is restored in the "Director's
The original music score is composed by long-time Halloween contributor Alan Howarth, his work in the series
dating back to his collaboration with John Carpenter on Halloween II. However, Howarth's score was redone when
the film went through reshoots. A soundtrack album was released by Varese Sarabande Records, and is an unusual
combination of the music featured in the original cut of the film, as well as that of the final theatrical cut.
The music of Alabama based rock band, Brother Cane, was featured throughout the movie. The music came from
their 1995 release Seeds on Virgin Records. The album's hit single "And Fools Shine On" can be heard when Kara,
Tim and Beth arrive at school in their car. The song is also heard during the closing credits. Three other Brother
Cane songs (all from the Seeds album) are featured in the film: "Hung on a Rope", "20/20 Faith", and "Horses &
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
"Disconnected" by the group I Found God is also featured in the film.
An earlier teaser trailer of the film employed the title Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers, which
according to Daniel Farrands, came before an official title had been decided, and that the trailer title was a
combination of an earlier script titled The Origin of Michael Myers by another writer, and Farrands' original script
titled Halloween 666. At one point, executive producer Moustapha Akkad asked Farrands for a title, who suggested
The Curse of Michael Myers due to the troubled production. Although Farrands was half-joking, Akkad took the
name to heart and decided upon it. Farrands also adds that this coincidentally made the subtitles similar to those in
The Pink Panther films, which also used Return, Revenge, and Curse subtitles.[8]
Box office
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was released on September 29, 1995 in the United States, and brought in a
$7,308,529 opening weekend gross, coming in second to serial killer thriller Se7en, being the first film in the series
to beat Halloween II's opening weekend gross. The film went on to gross a total of $15,116,634 at the U.S. box
office, from an estimated $5 million budget.
Critical reception
It received poor reviews from film critics. Daniel Kimmel of Variety called the film "tired" and "run-of-the-mill",[9]
while Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said the film lacked suspense and said that "not even the
presence of the late, gloriously histrionic Donald Pleasence can liven things up".[10] In general, most critics had
negative reactions to the film. It currently holds a 7% 'Rotten' rating on the film review aggregating site Rotten
Tomatoes. Screenwriter Daniel Farrands generally dislikes the film, due to its deviations from his original script.
Although Farrands thinks both versions are poor, he considers the Producer's Cut to be the superior version.
Home media
The film was first released for home media on VHS on October 7, 1997. A DVD followed on October 10, 2000. In
January 2010, the film was released for the first time on Blu-ray in Canada.[11] The film was released on Blu-ray and
again on DVD in the United States on May 10, 2011. Home entertainment distributors Echo Bridge Entertainment
are planning an official release of The Producer's Cut on Blu-ray. No release date has been confirmed as of yet, it is
known that two cuts will be available on the Blu-ray release, The Producer's Cut and possibly either the theatrical or
director's cut.[12]
Alternate versions
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is notorious among Halloween fans for having multiple versions. The
Producer's Cut is the most well known, however a Director's Cut also exists with most of the footage cut for the
R-rating restored. As of 2011, the theatrical version is the only version commercially available while the Director
and Producer's cuts only exist as low-quality bootlegs.
Producer's Cut
Copies of the original version of the film (known as the "Producer's Cut"), without the changed ending, have long
been floating around in bootleg/collectors' circles. In addition to featuring a different ending which was intended to
keep Donald Pleasence's character in the films, it also features longer scenes in several parts of the movie, as well as
different music at times. Major plot points differ between the two cuts. For example, in the Producer's Cut, Jamie
Lloyd is not killed by Michael's attack in the barn; she is wounded only to be killed later on in the film by the "Man
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
in Black" after having a dream about how she was imprisoned in Smith's Grove and impregnated with Michael's
child. There is also a flashback to Halloween 5 that shows Jamie and Michael kidnapped by the "Man in Black".
On the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror DVD, it was stated that Dimension was trying to plan an official release of the
Producer's Cut. Fangoria reported that the Producer's Cut may get an official release. However, Disney, who owns
the rights to the film; decided not to give an official release.
Fans continue to sign online petitions asking for an official release of the Producer's Cut, but there has been no
official release for any of the alternate versions.
A few select scenes from the Producer's Cut can be seen on the television version of the film. The scenes were
re-inserted to increase the running time of the film (originally a scant 88 minutes).
[1] Nicholas Rogers, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), 110.
[2] http:/ / boxofficemojo. com/ weekend/ chart/ ?yr=1995& wknd=39& p=. htm
[3] "Arrow In The Head Review: Halloween 6, The Producer's Cut" (http:/ / www. joblo. com/ arrow/ reviews. php?id=407). .
Retrieved 1 September 2011.
[4] Interviews with Daniel Farrands "Daniel Farrands Interview: Halloween 6" (http:/ / www. halloweenmovies. com/ h6retro_interview. html). .
[5] "Interview With Daniel Farrands" (http:/ / www. webcitation. org/ query?url=http:/ / www. geocities. com/ Hollywood/ Hills/ 2260/
int-farrands. html?200724& date=2009-10-25+ 08:05:48). 73 Miles to Haddonfield Fansite. Archived from the original (http:/ / www.
geocities. com/ Hollywood/ Hills/ 2260/ int-farrands. html?200724) on 2009-10-25. . Retrieved 29 September 2009.
[6] Danielle Harris, Marianne Hagan (2006). Halloween: 25 Years Later (A Documentary) (DVD). Anchor Bay Entertainment.
[7] "Fright Exclusive Interview: Daniel Farrands" (http:/ / www. iconsoffright. com/ IV_Dan. htm). Icons of Fright. June 2005. . Retrieved 29
September 2009.
[8] Dan Farrands interview (http:/ / www. iconsoffright. com/ IV_Dan. htm)
[9] Kimmel, Daniel (29 September 1995). "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" (http:/ / www. variety. com/ review/ VE1117910137.
html?categoryid=31& cs=1& p=0). Variety. . Retrieved 29 September 2009.
[10] LaSalle, Mick (2 October 2005). "FILM REVIEW: Latest 'Halloween' is No Treat" (http:/ / www. sfgate. com/ cgi-bin/ article. cgi?f=/ c/ a/
1995/ 10/ 02/ DD40921. DTL). San Francisco Chronicle. . Retrieved 29 September 2009.
[11] "Halloween 6, 7 and 8 Available on Blu-ray in Canada, without the inclusion of the Producer's Cut or any of the deleted scenes" (http:/ /
www. dreadcentral. com/ news/ 35467/ halloween-6-7-and-8-available-blu-ray-canada). DreadCentral. .
[12] "Halloween 666: The Curse of Michael Myers Blu-ray The Producer's Cut" (http:/ / www. blu-ray. com/ movies/
Halloween-666-The-Curse-of-Michael-Myers-Blu-ray/ 32768). . Retrieved 30 November, 2011.
External links
• Official website (
• Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers ( at the Internet Movie
• Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers ( at AllRovi
• Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers ( at
Box Office Mojo
• Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (
halloween_6_the_curse_of_michael_myers/) at Rotten Tomatoes
Clueless (film)
Clueless (film)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Amy Heckerling
Produced by
Scott Rudin
Robert Lawrence
Twink Caplan
Adam Schroeder
Barry M. Berg
Written by
Amy Heckerling
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy
Paul Rudd
Donald Faison
Breckin Meyer
Dan Hedaya
Music by
David Kitay
Cinematography Bill Pope
Editing by
Debra Chiate
Distributed by
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
July 19, 1995
Running time
97 minutes
United States
Box office
Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel, Emma. It is set in Beverly
Hills and a nearby high school. It was written and directed by Amy Heckerling and produced by Scott Rudin. The
film was released in the United States on July 19, 1995. The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Brittany
The film spun off a television show and a series of books.
Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is a good-natured but superficial girl who is attractive, popular, and extremely
wealthy. At a few months shy of sixteen, she has risen to the top of the high school social scene and is happy and
self-assured in her insular, fashion-obsessed world. She lives in a Beverly Hills mansion with her father (Dan
Hedaya), a ferocious $500-an-hour litigator; her mother has long since died, having succumbed to complications
while undergoing liposuction. Cher's best friend is Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash), who is also rich, pretty, and
hip, and understands what it's like to be envied.
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Among the few people to find much fault with Cher is Josh Lucas (Paul Rudd), her socially conscious ex-stepbrother
who visits during a break from college. Josh and Cher spar continually but without malice; she refers to him as
"granola breath" and mocks his scruffy idealism, while he teases her for being selfish, vain, and superficial, and says
that her only direction in life is "toward the mall."
Illustrating that Cher's selfishness is usually innocent and relatively harmless, Cher plays matchmaker for two lonely,
nerdy, hard-grading teachers, Mr. Hall (Wallace Shawn) and Miss Geist (Twink Caplan). She achieves her original
purpose – to make them relax their grading standards so she can renegotiate a bad report card – but when she sees
their newfound happiness, she realizes she likes doing good deeds. Cher now decides that the ultimate way she can
give back to the community would be to "adopt" a "tragically unhip" new girl at school, Tai Frasier (Brittany
Murphy). Cher and Dionne give Tai a makeover and initiate her into the mysteries of popularity. Cher also tries to
extinguish the strong mutual attraction between Tai and Travis (Breckin Meyer), an amiable skateboarding slacker,
and to steer her toward Elton (Jeremy Sisto), a rich snob.
Her second matchmaking scheme backfires when Elton rejects Tai and makes a play for Cher. Matters worsen,
however, when Cher's "project" works a bit too well and Tai's popularity begins to surpass Cher's, especially after
Tai has a "near-death" adventure at the mall that helps to skyrocket her to fame at school. Other classmates,
including Dionne and Cher's longtime rival, Amber (Elisa Donovan), soon gravitate toward Tai, and Cher finds
herself demoted from queen to courtier at high school.
Meanwhile, Cher has a couple of romantic mishaps with boys at school. The first involves Elton; the next concerns
Christian (Justin Walker), a handsome classmate with great fashion sense who turns out to be gay. Cher naively and
repeatedly fails to recognize Christian's homosexual tendencies, and tries unsuccessfully to seduce him while they
are alone one night watching Spartacus. The next day, Dionne's boyfriend, Murray (Donald Faison), roars with
laughter, which makes Cher's mistake clear to her at last.
Events reach a crisis after Cher fails her driver's test and can't "renegotiate" the result. When Cher goes home,
crushed, Tai confides that she's taken a fancy to Josh and wants Cher to help her "get" him. Cher says she doesn't
think Josh is right for her, and they quarrel. Cher, left all alone, begins to think she has created a monster in her own
image. Feeling "totally clueless", she reflects on her priorities and her repeated failures to understand or appreciate
the people in her life. Most of all, she keeps thinking about Josh and Tai, and wonders why she cares so much.
After much soul-searching (which includes a one-woman shopping spree around various Beverly Hills boutiques),
Cher discovers she has fallen in love with Josh. She begins making awkward but sincere efforts to live a more useful
life, even captaining the school's Pismo Beach disaster relief effort. A scene near the end of the film finds Cher and
Josh stumbling over how to admit their mutual feelings for each other, finally culminating in a tender kiss on the
stairs of her home.
The film has a happy Hollywood ending for Cher: Mr. Hall and Miss Geist get married; her friendships with Tai and
Dionne are reaffirmed; Tai and Travis are in love; and, in Josh's arms, she too has now finally found love.
Cast of characters
The film's central characters are:
• Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz: A spoiled but sweet Valley Girl type – though she actually lives in Beverly
Hills. Living in a mansion, waited on by servants, and flaunting her wealth with fashion, she's the undisputed
queen of Bronson Alcott High School. Cher is also tough and clever, like her father Mel. Cher convinces two of
her teachers that each is a secret admirer of the other, negotiating her way from a C+ average to an A- average.
Cher doesn’t have a regular boyfriend and she describes finding a boyfriend in high school as "being as useless as
looking for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie". Her surname was "Hamilton" on her report card, as was her father's
when he tosses aside a piece of mail.
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• Stacey Dash as Dionne Davenport: Cher’s best friend. Both she and Cher are rich and beautiful, but caring. Cher
uses Dionne as her number one fashion critic. Dionne and boyfriend Murray (played by Donald Faison) have an
extremely tumultuous relationship and are often quarreling (an inversion of the idealized relationship between
Austen's Isabella and John Knightley). They undergo spats about Murray shaving his head and Dionne finding
“cheap polyester hair” in the backseat of his car, but they also bond over Dionne’s first driving experience on the
freeway, inspiring a wistful admiration in Cher.
• Brittany Murphy as Tai Fraiser: The ugly duckling turned into the beautiful swan. Cher and Dionne decide to give
her a makeover. With a change of hair, makeup and clothes, Tai gains confidence and a sense of style. Originally
Tai fell for skater Travis (Breckin Meyer), but Cher tried to set up Tai with “it boy” Elton to boost her popularity.
After a “near-death experience” at the mall, Tai obtains an overly confident attitude that ultimately poses a threat
to Cher's social status. By the end of the film, Tai gains back Cher's respect and friendship and begins to date
Travis. This was Murphy's first major film role.
• Paul Rudd as Josh Lucas: Cher's ex-stepbrother, as Mel had been married to Josh's mother five years earlier. Josh
has ambitions to be a lawyer (his focus is environmental law) and throughout the film routinely visits Cher and
her father at their house. Josh has a residence close to his classes, but claims that being with Mel is a "great
learning experience". Throughout the film, Josh teases Cher, but at the same time shows his caring and concern
for her.
• Dan Hedaya as Mel Horowitz: This litigator is always working on big cases in Beverly Hills, where he lives with
his teenage daughter Cher and her stepbrother Josh. Despite being divorced from Josh's mother, he tells his
daughter "You divorce wives, not children" and is very protective over Cher, telling Christian: "If anything
happens to my daughter, I've got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anybody would miss you."
• Elisa Donovan as Amber Mariens: A popular spoiled brat, but is despised by Cher and Dionne. She is in constant
competition with Cher when it comes to style, popularity, and boys. Cher dubs her a "Monet" (just like the
painting, "from far away it's okay, but up close it's a big old mess.")
• Justin Walker as Christian Stovitz: Cher's love interest, a boy whose parents are divorced; he alternates semesters
in Chicago and Beverly Hills (Cher believes this "is a travesty on the part of the legal profession"). To catch
Christian's attention, Cher sends herself flowers, candies, and love notes. Christian finally attends a party with
Cher. Cher plans a big night to finally "do it" with Christian, but he ignores her advances. When later discussing
the events with Dionne and Murray, it becomes evident that Christian might be gay. Despite this, Cher and
Christian remain good friends and shopping buddies.
Other characters
Wallace Shawn as Mr. Wendell Hall
Twink Caplan as Ms. Geist
Julie Brown as Coach Millie Stoeger
Breckin Meyer as Travis Birkenstock
Jeremy Sisto as Elton Tiscia
Nicole Bilderback as Summer
The film had a 40-day filming schedule. Producers sat in on classes at Beverly Hills High School to get a feel for the
student culture. Herb Hall, the real drama teacher at Beverly Hills High School, played the principal in the film.
Many scenes were filmed in Costa Mesa and Beverly Hills with most neighborhood scenes filmed in Scottsdale,
Arizona. Scenes depicting the high school campus, including the tennis courts, the outdoor cafeteria, the quad, and
various classrooms were filmed at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Silverstone stated that she "always felt connected to [Murphy] as [they] shared a very special experience in [their]
lives together".[1] Following Murphy's death, Silverstone reported in an interview: "I loved working with Brittany.
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She was so talented, so warm, and so sweet."[1]
Home media
The first DVD release was on October 19, 1999; the special features only included 2 theatrical trailers.
The film was put in many other teen films, including She's the Man, Mean Girls, and Save the Last Dance.
Special "Whatever!" edition
A special Whatever! edition DVD was released on August 30, 2005. The DVD features featurettes and cast
interviews, which were all used to celebrate the film's 10-year anniversary. The features on the DVD included:
The Class of '95 – A look at the cast
Creative Writing – Amy Heckerling talks about the script
Fashion 101 – How filmmakers invented the trendsetting style of Clueless
Language Arts – The director and cast members give facts on the groundbreaking slang, and how Clueless
revived the Valspeak slang
• Suck and Blow – How to play the game depicted in the Sun Valley party scene
• Driver's Ed
• We're History – Stories from cast and crew of Clueless
• Two theatrical trailers
The film became a surprise sleeper hit of 1995, grossing well over $11 million on its opening weekend #2 behind
Apollo 13, and it eventually grossed $55 million during its theatrical run. It was the 32nd highest-grossing film of
1995 and brought the then-largely unknown actress Alicia Silverstone to national and international attention.
In 2008, Entertainment Weekly selected Clueless as one of the "New Classics", a list of 100 released between 1983
and 2008,[2] Clueless was ranked 42nd.[3] In 2008 Entertainment Weekly named it the 19th best comedy of the past
25 years.[4]
American Film Institute recognition:
• AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs - Nominated[5]
• AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:
• "As if!" - Nominated[6]
1. "Kids in America" (The Muffs) – 3:18
2. "Shake Some Action" (David Lowery) – 4:25
3. "The Ghost in You" (Counting Crows) – 3:30
4. "Here" (Squirmel Mix) (Luscious Jackson) – 3:33
5. "All the Young Dudes" (World Party) – 4:00
6. "Fake Plastic Trees [Acoustic Version]" (Radiohead) – 4:45
7. "Change" (Lightning Seeds) – 4:01
8. "Need You Around" (Smoking Popes) – 3:42
9. "Mullet Head" (Beastie Boys) – 2:53
10. "Where'd You Go?" (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) – 3:16
11. "Rollin' With My Homies" (Coolio) – 4:06
12. "Alright" (Supergrass) – 3:01
13. "My Forgotten Favorite" (Velocity Girl) – 3:49
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14. "Supermodel" (Jill Sobule) – 3:07
The following year, the producers decided to create a spinoff television series which followed the continuing
adventures of Cher and her friends. Several cast members from the film went on to star in the TV program, with the
notable exceptions of Alicia Silverstone (who went on to sign a film deal with Columbia-TriStar worth $10 million)
and Paul Rudd. Silverstone was replaced in the series with actress Rachel Blanchard.
Stacey Dash reprised her role of Dionne.
Donald Faison reprised his role of Murray.
Elisa Donovan reprised as Amber.
Michael Lerner (1st season) and Doug Sheehan replaced Dan Hedaya as Mel.
David Lascher replaced Paul Rudd as Josh.
Heather Gottlieb replaced Brittany Murphy as Tai.
Teachers Mr. Hall, Ms. Geist, and Coach Stoeger (played by their respective actors) appeared in the series, but
Coach Stoeger's last name is changed to "Diemer".
A collection of books was also published after the release of the film by Simon Spotlight Entertainment publishing
company from 1995-1999. These books were published as paperbacks and aimed at young adult readers.
[1] "Alicia Silverstone: I Hope Brittany Murphy Is at Peace" (http:/ / www. people. com/ people/ article/ 0,,20332103,00.
html?xid=rss-fullcontent). People Magazine. December 20, 2009. . Retrieved 2009-12-20.
[2] "The New Classics: Movies" (http:/ / www. ew. com/ ew/ article/ 0,,20207076_20207387_20207063,00. html). Entertainment Weekly. Time.
2008-06-27. . Retrieved 2009-07-03.
[3] "Clueless, Alicia Silverstone, ... | 100 New Movie Classics: No. 50-26" (http:/ / www. ew. com/ ew/ gallery/
0,,20207076_20207079_20206941_8,00. html). Entertainment Weekly. Time. . Retrieved 2009-07-03.
[4] "Clueless, Alicia Silverstone, ... | The Comedy 25: The Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years" (http:/ / www. ew. com/ ew/ gallery/
0,,20221235_7,00. html). Entertainment Weekly. Time. . Retrieved 2009-07-03.
[5] AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs Nominees (http:/ / www. afi. com/ Docs/ 100Years/ laughs500. pdf)
[6] AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes Nominees (http:/ / www. afi. com/ Docs/ 100Years/ quotes400. pdf)
External links
Official website (
Clueless ( at the Internet Movie Database
Clueless ( at AllRovi
Clueless ( at Box Office Mojo
Clueless ( at Rotten Tomatoes
Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Baz Luhrmann
Produced by
Baz Luhrmann
Gabriella Martinelli
Screenplay by
Craig Pearce
Baz Luhrmann
Based on
Romeo and Juliet by
William Shakespeare
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes
Brian Dennehy
John Leguizamo
Pete Postlethwaite
Paul Sorvino
Diane Venora
Music by
Nellee Hooper
Marius de Vries
Craig Armstrong (Composer, orchestrator, and conductor)
Cinematography Donald M. McAlpine
Editing by
Jill Bilcock
Distributed by
20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
November 1, 1996
Running time
120 minutes
United States
$14.5 million
Box office
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of the
same name. It was directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and 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
(manufactured by 'Sword').
Some of the names were also changed. Lord and Lady Montague and Lord and Lady Capulet were given first names
(as opposed to the Shakespeare original where their first names are never mentioned), Friar Lawrence became Father
Lawrence, and Prince Escalus was renamed Captain Prince.
Romeo + Juliet
Set in modern day, in the city of Verona Beach, the Capulets and the Montagues are arch-rivals. The animosity of the
older generation—Fulgencio (Paul Sorvino) & Gloria Capulet (Diane Venora) and Ted (Brian Dennehy) & Caroline
Montague (Christina Pickles)—is felt by their younger relatives. While stopping for gas, the Montague boys led by
Benvolio (Dash Mihok), Romeo's cousin, come face to face with the Capulet boys led by Tybalt (John Leguizamo),
Juliet's cousin. A gunfight ensues between Benvolio and Tybalt, setting fire to the gas station and creating chaos in
the city. The Chief of Police, Captain Prince (Vondie Curtis-Hall), reprimands the boys, as well as Fulgencio and
Ted. He warns them that if such behavior continues, their lives "shall pay the forfeit of the peace."
Caroline expresses her worry over her son, Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has been depressed. Benvolio talks to
his cousin and learns that Romeo is in love, but the object of his affection, Rosaline, does not love him. Dave Paris
(Paul Rudd), son of the Governor and nominated "Bachelor of the Year", meets with Fulgencio to discuss marrying
Fulgencio's daughter, Juliet (Claire Danes), although Fulgencio believes her too young to wed. Nevertheless, he
invites Paris to a party he is hosting that night. Gloria tries convincing Juliet to accept Paris' proposal, but she is not
Meanwhile, at Sycamore Grove, the Montague boys meet their friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau), who has gotten
them tickets to the Capulet party. Romeo takes an ecstasy pill Mercutio gives him and they proceed to the Capulet
mansion. The effects of the drug and the party overwhelm Romeo, who goes to the restroom. While admiring an
elaborate aquarium inside, he spots Juliet on the other side just as her Nurse (Miriam Margolyes) ushers her off to
dance. Tybalt spots Romeo and vows to kill him for invading his family's home, but Fulgencio stops him, afraid he
will make a scene.
Meanwhile, Romeo and Juliet sneak into an elevator and kiss. The Nurse, however, spots them when the doors open
and drags Juliet away, revealing Romeo’s identity as a Montague. At the same time, Romeo realizes Juliet is a
Capulet. Romeo is pulled from the party by Mercutio, but Romeo manages to sneak back to the mansion, hiding
under Juliet’s balcony. Juliet emerges into the yard, not knowing he is there and proclaims her love for him before
Romeo sneaks up behind her. Juliet is horrified that he risked death to return, but Romeo tells her he does not care
whether he is caught. Knowing her Nurse is looking for her, Juliet tells him that if he sends word by the following
day, she will be his. Romeo visits Father Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite), telling him he wants to marry Juliet. He
agrees to marry the pair. Romeo passes the word onto Juliet’s Nurse and the lovers are married that afternoon, with
the Nurse and Romeo's cousin Balthasar (Jesse Bradford) as witnesses.
In the streets, Tybalt encounters Mercutio and their respective gangs just as Romeo arrives. Romeo attempts to make
peace, but Tybalt assaults him. Mercutio intervenes and batters Tybalt, about to shoot Tybalt when Romeo stops
him. Tybalt slashes Mercutio with a shard of glass, killing him, but not before Mercutio curses the warring houses.
Angry that Mercutio, neither a Capulet nor Montague, has been murdered, Romeo kills Tybalt.
Prince banishes Romeo from the city on pain of death. Romeo, hiding with Father Lawrence, claims he would rather
die than be banished. The Nurse arrives and tells Romeo that Juliet is waiting for him. At the Capulet mansion Juliet
prays, horrified by what has happened. When Romeo climbs over her balcony, she kisses him and they have sex.
Meanwhile, Fulgencio decides Juliet will marry Paris.
The next morning, Romeo narrowly escapes in time as Juliet's mother arrives and tells her she has been promised to
Paris. She refuses to marry, so her father threatens to disown her and throw her onto the streets. Her mother and
Nurse insist it would be in her best interest to marry Paris. Faced with these possibilities, Juliet sees Father
Lawrence, imploring him to help her and threatening to commit suicide. The Priest proposes she fake death instead
and be put in the Capulet vault to awaken 24 hours later. Romeo will be told of the plot, sneak into the vault and
once reunited, the two can travel to Mantua to begin their new life together. He gives her the poison necessary to
make her seem dead. After saying goodnight to her mother, Juliet drinks the potion. She is found in the morning,
declared dead and placed in the Capulet vault. Balthasar learns Juliet is dead and tells Romeo, who was not home
when the messenger arrived to tell him of the plan.
Romeo + Juliet
Devastated, Romeo returns to Verona, where he buys poison. Father Lawrence learns that Romeo has no idea Juliet
is alive. Romeo enters the church where Juliet lies. Juliet awakens as Romeo takes the poison. The two kiss before
Romeo dies. Juliet picks up Romeo's handgun and shoots herself in the head. The following morning the two lovers
are discovered in each other's arms. Prince condemns both families whose feuding led to such a tragedy. Coroners
take the bodies away as crowds of onlookers gather as both families unite and make peace.
The House of Montague
The House of Capulet
Brian Dennehy as Ted Montague
Christina Pickles as Caroline Montague
Paul Sorvino as Fulgencio Capulet
Diane Venora as Gloria Capulet
Harold Perrineau as Mercutio Escalus
Pete Postlethwaite as Father Lawrence
Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo Montague •
Dash Mihok as Benvolio Montague
Jesse Bradford as Balthasar Montague
Claire Danes as Juliet Capulet
John Leguizamo as Tybalt Capulet
Vincent Laresca as Abra Capulet
Paul Rudd as Dave Paris
Vondie Curtis-Hall as Captain Prince
M. Emmet Walsh as Apothecary
Zak Orth as Gregory Montague
Jamie Kennedy as Sampson Montague
Carlos Martín Manzo Otálora as Petruchio Capulet
Miriam Margolyes as Nurse
While some parts of the film were shot in Miami, most of the film was shot in Mexico City and Veracruz. For
instance, the Capulet mansion was set at Chapultepec Castle while the ballroom was built on Stage One of
Churubusco Studios; and the church is Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Del Valle neighborhood.[1]
Natalie Portman had been chosen for the role of Juliet, but after production began, it was felt that the footage looked
like DiCaprio was "molesting" her.[2] Eventually, Luhrmann agreed that the age difference between the two actors
was too great. Filming was halted to find another actress for the part.
The film grossed USD$147,554,998 worldwide at the box office[3] on a US$14.5 million budget. The film premiered
November 1, 1996 in the United States and Canada in 1,276 theaters and grossed $11.1 million its opening weekend,
ranking #1 at the box office. It went on to gross $46.3 million in the United States and Canada.[4]
Critics gave the film generally positive reviews. According to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of critics
gave the film positive reviews, based on 53 reviews.[5] However, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times disliked the
film, giving it 2 stars and saying, "This production was a very bad idea ... I have never seen anything remotely
approaching the mess that the new punk version of Romeo & Juliet makes of Shakespeare's tragedy." Ebert wrote
that Pete Postlethwaite and Miriam Margolyes were "the only actors in the film who seem completely at home" and
said, "In one grand but doomed gesture, writer-director Baz Luhrmann has made a film that (a) will dismay any lover
of Shakespeare, and (b) bore anyone lured into the theater by promise of gang wars, MTV-style."[6] James
Berardinelli, a critic of Shakespeare plays adapted into film writes, "Ultimately, no matter how many innovative and
unconventional flourishes it applies, the success of any adaptation of a Shakespeare play is determined by two
factors: the competence of the director and the ability of the main cast members. Luhrmann, Danes, and DiCaprio
place this Romeo and Juliet in capable hands."[7]
Leonardo DiCaprio won Favorite Actor and Claire Danes won Favorite Actress in a Romance at the 1997
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.[8] At the 1997 MTV Movie Awards, Danes won Best Female Performance.
DiCaprio was nominated for Best Male Performance, and DiCaprio and Danes were both nominated for Best Kiss
and Best On-Screen Duo.[8] At the 51st BAFTA Film Awards, director Baz Luhrmann won Best Direction.