Private Romeo


Year: 2011
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes

A fascinating experiment in updating the Bard, PRIVATE ROMEO audaciously places Romeo and Juliet inside a modern military academy. While the rest of the school is off on training, eight cadets are left behind with orders to continue their studies and physical regimen. A classroom reading of Romeo and Juliet gradually begins to take over their real lives, and the young men's drama takes place throughout the empty school—where all the world's a stage. The chem lab serves as Friar Lawrence's cell; the basketball court is the scene of Mercutio and Tybalt's fight. The brilliant ensemble of Shakespearean-trained New York actors includes astonishingly tender Seth Numrich and Matt Doyle, both of Broadway's War Horse, as the star-crossed lovers. These talented young men convey the passion of Shakespeare just as credibly as they do the posturing of modern jocks. Director Alan Brown calls the play a "relevant story about sexual identity and desire pitted against society and its institutions; about personal freedom and rights versus authority." – B.B.

Alan Brown

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Alan Brown is the recipient of many writing and directing awards. His writing on the arts for the Los Angeles Times and other publications earned him a Fulbright Fellowship in Journalism to Japan, where he wrote for both English and Japanese-language publications and did radio broadcasts for the BBC. He has also written a novel and worked as a contributing editor at Travel & Leisure magazine.

Select Filmography
"Book of Love" (2004) - 28th CIFF, "Superheroes" (2007), PRIVATE ROMEO (2011)

Print Source

Wolfe Releasing


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