Theme From Romeo and Juliet " A Time For Us" ( 1968 ) – Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

By Giulia Zarantonello
Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (Pasqualino De Santis) and Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati); it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date.

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Produced by John Brabourne
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Screenplay by Franco Brusati
Masolino D’Amico
Franco Zeffirelli
Based on Romeo and Juliet (play) by
William Shakespeare
Leonard Whiting
Olivia Hussey
Milo O’Shea
Michael York
John McEnery
Natasha Parry
Pat Heywood
Robert Stephens
Narrated by Laurence Olivier
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Edited by Reginald Mills
BHE Films
Verona Produzione
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
8 October 1968
Running time
138 minutes
Country United Kingdom


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34 thoughts on “Theme From Romeo and Juliet " A Time For Us" ( 1968 ) – Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

  1. Quite possibly the best film version of the play. Zeffirelli used the visual strengths of the two young stars who were so easy on the eye thus avoiding their weaknesses due to a lack of acting experience. Because they were 17 and 16 it worked and the film stunned audiences all over the world. He also chose a remarkably good supporting cast none of whom failed to deliver their parts. Yes, he cut the text a great deal and left out several important scenes; notably, Romeo killing Paris in Capulet's sepulcher and Romeo also buying the poison from the apothecary. Nina Rota's haunting soundtrack (by the way it did not win an Oscar) complimented the stunning cinematography and visual beauty of the film,

  2. Oh man! I walked down the aisle to this in 1970. Memories…..even my dress was Juliet style. Those big sleeves!!

  3. Never saw the movie, but wrote my own script from a short story somehow inspired from this track- though I don't remember how.

  4. I was Leonard’s stunt double, at the time. Both of us goofed off as he had fear of heights. One time Olivia got confused between us… poor Olivia, she had such anxiety after this was done. Anyways, glad this was appreciated by many.

  5. Какой фильм,на все времена!Какие настоящие Ромео и Джульетта!Какая музыка! Дзеффирелли -талантище!

  6. I was 3 when this film came out, I've seen it many times and bought the Movie ost 3 times during the course of my life.

  7. It’s so interesting, in retrospect, that this song blocked “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR from the number #1 spot.
    This song is beautiful, for the record. Henry did a wonderful job arranging this. 🙂

  8. I so remember seeing this movie when I was thirteen. My brother had to explain to me about the two feuding families, so I could understand the situation! He later became a high school history teacher. I love this song so much ! Thanks for the beautiful memories. 🌸🌟

  9. I was seven when this movie came out had a big crush on Romeo (Lenord) love that song we played it over and over on our record player.

  10. Fifty years ago today {June 21st, 1969} "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'" by Henry Mancini and His Orchestra peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart…

    And at #2 was "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival…

    #3. "Get Back" by the Beatles with Billy Preston…

    #4. "Too Busy Thinking My Baby" by Marvin Gaye…

    #5. "One" by Three Dog Night…

    #6. "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat and Tears…

    #7. "In The Ghetto" by Elvis Presley…

    #8, "Good Morning Sunshine" by Oliver…

    #9. "Isrealites" by Desmond Dekker and the Aces…

    #10. "Grazing In The Grass" by The Friends Of Distinction…

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