Deleted Scenes 58 & 59: Apothecary

Russell Jackson (Shakespeare Films in the Making, 2007, Cambridge, at p.213), in conversation with Leonard Whiting, indicates that these scenes were not filmed. The omission of the two scenes  may have resulted from the need to shorten the length of the movie, but opens the movie up to accusations of “bowdlerising” the play – a charge that has been made against the movie.   The basis for this is that it unfortunately removes an important development in Romeo’s emotional character, as he is prepared to coerce the apothecary with violence, forcing him to his knees,  in order to get the poison. The omission also creates a continuity problem as to how Romeo came to possess the vial of poison when he arrives at the Capulets’ crypt.

Script content:  © 1968, Paramount Pictures Corporation

This typescript version: © 2018, Peter Hibbert and the Romeo and Juliet 1968 Movie Database

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