Brush Off Your Balcony for "Romeo and Juliet" Trivia

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The classic Shakespearean tale of ill-fated lovers in the midst of family feuding between the Montagues and the Capulets. Zefferelli portrays young love as beautiful and timeless.

The movie won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. What colors did the Capulets typically wear?

Because there are so many characters, in many scenes, each family had a color scheme. The Montagues typically wore blue and green.

Neither Romeo nor Juliet are in the opening scene. Who is?

A Capulet servant insults the Montague servants by "biting his thumb" at them. Essentially he is giving them the finger!

Which character said, "These violent delights have violent ends"?

The Friar says this as a warning and it serves as a foreshadowing of the deaths of the young lovers.

How old is Juliet?

The nurse and Lady Capulet discuss her age when the idea of marriage is presented to Juliet. Juliet is naive and obedient, and she agrees to "check him out."

Which character attempts to be the peacemaker when a brawl breaks out among the Capulet and Montague servants?

Benvolio gets dragged into the action when Tybalt shows up to add to the turmoil. Benvolio is Romeo's cousin.

Romeo is introduced walking up the road and is eventually stopped by Benvolio. What is Romeo holding?

Romeo is infatuated with a girl named Rosaline. His romantic nature is enhanced as he sniffs the flower.

Director Franco Zeffirelli was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for directing "Romeo and Juliet." What other movie version of a Shakespearean play did he direct in 1967?

Elizabeth Taylor played the lead role of Kate. He also directed Hamlet in 1990, which starred Mel Gibson (Hamlet) and Glenn Close (Gertrude).

The actors often wore hats. How many different hats did Leonard Whiting (Romeo) wear throughout the film?

He wears one when he meets with Benvolio about Rosaline, and one in the sword fight scene. He carries one in two other scenes, but never wears them.

When Romeo asks the nurse about Juliet during the Capulet ball, what is the nurse doing?

Her character serves as comic relief. Although her drinking is not in the original play, Shakespeare would have approved.

Milo O'Shea (Friar Lawrence) has appeared in many movies and television shows. In which of these did he NOT appear?

He received a Tony nomination in 1968 for his role as a gay hairdresser in the Broadway production of "Staircase." His second Tony nomination came in 1982 for his role as Father Tim Farley in "Mass Appeal."

Prince Escalus has threatened death to anyone who disturbs the peace after the opening brawl. How many times did he say it had happened before?

In recent times he cites "thrice," but the narrator mentions the feud between the families is an "ancient grudge."

John McEnery (Mercutio) was in Zeffirelli's 1990, "Hamlet." What role did he play?

Osric referees the sword fight between Laertes and Hamlet. McEnery played Hamlet on the London stage in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Mercutio gives a long speech on the way to the Capulet party. What is the topic?

He describes Queen Mab as the fairies' midwife and discusses the dreams she brings to mortals. He emphasizes to Romeo that it is foolish to be a dreamer.

What is the name of the dance that Romeo and Juliet dance together?

It is a gender-based Renaissance dance where everyone wears bells on their wrists. Partners are exchanged throughout.

What kind of mask does Romeo wear to the Capulet party?

A mask keeps Romeo's identity a secret because he is crashing the party as a Montague. Tybalt recognizes him.

One of the recognizable songs from the movie is sung by a minstrel at the Capulet party. What is it?

This scene buys time for the young lovers to finally speak to each other, while the other guests are distracted by the entertainment. During the song, Romeo and Juliet share their first kiss.

Which scene did Olivia Hussey (Juliet) claim won her the part of Juliet during auditions for the movie?

Zeffirelli auditioned hundreds of Juliets and was not sold on Hussey the first time around. The scene was later reduced to only a few lines in the film.

Which character comments, "He jests at scars that never felt a wound."

Romeo says this as a criticism of Mercutio. Romeo believes Mercutio mocks him for an emotion (love) that Mercurio has never felt.

What is Friar Laurence doing when he is introduced in the movie?

This foreshadows Friar Lawrence's knowledge of plants when he offers the potion to Juliet to make her appear dead.

Who is referred to as "Prince of Cats"?

Mercutio taunts Tybalt with comments comparing him to a cat. Tybalt preys on others.

Bruce Robinson played Benvolio, Romeo's cousin. He went on to write and direct a cult film in the 1980s. What was it?

"Withnail and I" is the biographical story of two unemployed actors. It includes actor Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon of the "Harry Potter" movies) as the lecherous Uncle Monty.

Where is the nurse when she puts Romeo on her lap?

She is arranging the plans for the marriage between Romeo and Juliet. Her excitement over the plans gets playful.

Which actor from the film has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire?

OBE (Order of the British Empire) is bestowed on those in the UK who have made contributions to society. There are six ranks; two entitle a person to put "Sir" or "Dame" in front of his/her name.

The sword fighting scene between Tybalt and Mercutio becomes playful before it turns deadly. What else is used as a weapon?

Mercutio disarms Tybalt and all he has at his disposal is a pitchfork in a pile of hay. Mercutio evens folds his arms and whistles, at which everyone laughs.

Friar John doesn't have a speaking part. What is he seen doing?

Friar Lawrence gives a letter to Friar John to deliver to Romeo outlining the plan of Juliet's faked death. Friar John does not reach Romeo in time and they pass each other along the road as Romeo races back to Verona, believing Juliet is dead.

"What's in a name?" is spoken in what scene?

Juliet says this on the balcony as she ponders the insignificance of Romeo's name as her family's enemy. His name doesn't matter to her.

Who utters the curse, "A plague on both your houses!"

Mercutio shouts this after he is fatally wounded. His friends think he is joking, until Romeo sees the wound.

How does the nurse betray Juliet?

Juliet is shocked by the nurse's suggestion. The nurse says Romeo is a "dish clout" next to Paris.

Which actor/actress had a recurring role in the series, "The Gilmore Girls?"

In "The Gilmore Girls," Michael York played the part of a Yale professor named Asher Fleming.

To where is Romeo banished?

The Prince exiles Romeo for killing Tybalt. He receives a lesser punishment than death because Tybalt killed Mercutio and Romeo was seeking vengeance.

Some parts from Shakespeare's original play were not included in Zeffirelli's version. What were they?

Juliet ponders whether she should drink the potion to fake her death. Lady Montague dies of a broken heart when Romeo is exiled, but she appears at the end of the film when Romeo and Juliet's deaths are reflected upon.

Who reveals a smile at Juliet's funeral?

The Friar is the only one who knows Juliet is not really dead. He catches himself so no one sees his smirk at such a solemn event.

How many of the significant characters die in Zeffirelli's version?

Zeffirelli kills off four characters (Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, and Juliet) to Shakespeare's six (Paris and Lady Montague, in addition to the other four).

Who is the uncredited actor who narrates the beginning and end, as well as other voices?

Four-time Academy Award winner Olivier also dubbed the voice for Lord Montague.

In the final scene, who accepts part of the responsibility for Romeo and Juliet's deaths?

Escalus says, "And I, for winking at your discords..." He regrets not having been harsher with Lords Montague and Capulet.

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