Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Private Romeo

2011 American Feature

Cast: Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Hale Appleman, Charlie Barnett, Adam Barrie, Chris Bresky, Sean Hudock and Bobby Moreno
Writer/Director: Alan Brown, based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and inspired by the play Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco

When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 44% / Audience: 70%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 53%
  • OMG rating: 6/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A-

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • L.A. Outfest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (Appleman, Barrie, Barnett, Bresky, Doyle, Hudock, Moreno and Numrich). The entire ensemble was cited for "bringing fresh life to a timeless love story and infusing each moment with a 21st century immediacy that balances naked passion with longing and delivering it all with brilliant coherence".

  • The film was director Alan Brown's take on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the official United States policy on gays serving in the military from 1993 to 2011.
  • Working Titles: McKinley and The Shakespeare Project.
  • The scenes of the cadet school and the lessons of the play Romeo and Juliet are in desaturated colors (gray, khaki and pale), whereas the scenes depicting the actual Shakespearean scenes are exhibited in deeply saturated colors.

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