Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet is the 1996 feature film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The film updates the setting to modern day and the "swords" and "daggers" mentioned in the original text have been changed to pistol models. Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), the film features Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo Montague, Claire Danes as Juliet Capulet, John Leguizamo as Tybalt Capulet, Harold Perrineau as Mercutio and Pete Postlethwaite as Father Lawrence.
The following weapons were used in the film Romeo + Juliet:
The main sidearm carried by Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the Para-Ordnance P-13, which is later used by Juliet. During the gas station shootout, Sampson (Jamie Kennedy) packs a customized gold-plated version. It is also a pistol held by many characters during the film.
Most of the 9mm handguns used in the movie by various characters are Taurus PT99 pistols (a variant of the PT92 with raised, adjustable sights) with a number of modifications to make them look "artsy". In addition, the guns' brand names are particular types of knives and swords, so that the filmmakers did not have to change the original dialog by Shakespeare. Since so many of the main characters in the film use these pistols, and each is different in some way, they have been given each their own sub-section. All of the Taurus pistols used in the film were built by armorer Charles Taylor at Movie Armaments Group; they were later sold to a collector and have occasionally appeared at public exhibitions.
Benvolio's 'Sword 9mm Series S'
Benvolio's (Dash Mihok) 'Sword 9mm Series S' features an extended, gold-plated barrel, extended slide and golden detailing. It also has trinkets which hang from the lanyard hoop on the mainspring housing of the gun, which is a feature shared by many other pistols belonging to other characters.
Tybalt's 'Rapier 9mm Series R'
Tybalt's (John Leguizamo) 'Rapier 9mm Series R' pistols by far and away steal the show. They feature compensators, extended spring guides and extended, gold-plated barrels, with custom 'Holy Mary' grips. Accuracy can also be improved with the added option of attaching a C-more scope. Seemingly like every other pistol in the movie, it also features gold detailing. (Gold-plated safeties, triggers etc.) The flamboyant pistols reflect the flamboyant and...interesting way Tybalt fights. Twirling, spinning, leaping in the air firing both guns akimbo. This fighting style is later mocked by Benvolio and Mercutio later in the film. Tybalt sometimes fires each pistol using his middle finger.
Mercutio's 'Dagger 9mm'
By far and away one of the most impressive pistols ever to grace the silver screen, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau) carries a Taurus PT99 with transparent magazines, the grips removed, compensator and a gold-plated barrel. It also features various frame and slide cut-outs revealing the inner workings of the gun.
Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic
A fellow Montague pulls out his Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic when Mercutio discusses the upcoming duel with Tybalt.
Beretta 92FS (two-tone)
A two-tone Beretta 92FS pistols were used by the characters Abra and Petruchio, seen very early on in the film during the gas station shoot-out.
Beretta 92FS Inox
A Beretta 92FS Inox with gold-plated controls is seen briefly in the hands of a Verona Beach Police officer. Due to a continuity error, this same pistol replaces Romeo's Para-Ordnance P-13 when he fires upon the police.
Walther P5 Compact
Juliet (Claire Danes) holds a Walther P5 Compact pistol with pearl grips to her head. This gun was later used (with a silencer) by Willem Dafoe in The Boondock Saints. Charles Taylor was the armorer on both The Boondock Saints and Romeo + Juliet, and his company MAG supplied all guns for both shows. It could be the same P5; the pearl grips might have simply been removed for the later film.
A Glock 17 is seen incredibly briefly in the hands of a guest, who collects it from a security tent after attending the Capulet's house party. Glock 17s are also used by most of the police officers in the film.
Techno Arms MAG-7M1
The "Longsword" which Ted Montague reaches for is actually a South African-manufactured Techno Arms MAG-7M1 shotgun. This same gun is later seen hung in a gun collection tent at the Capulet's house party.
Double Barreled Shotgun
A double barreled shotgun is seen in the hands of the Apothecary (M. Emmet Walsh) Romeo visits when he wishes to buy poison.
One of the uniformed guards at the Capulet party originally appears to be armed with an Heckler & Koch MP5K, however upon closer inspection appears to be an airsoft replica, most likely a Daisy Airsoft "Model 15". Note the foregrip appears to be a spring pump action design.
Heckler & Koch HK94
A Colt Commando is seen carried by Verona Beach SWAT as well as a few security personnel at the Capulet's house party.
A number of M16A1 rifles, some with A2 style handguards, can be seen in the hands of the Verona Beach Police SWAT officers in the film.
Seen briefly in the opening of the film, a FN FAL is carried by a Verona Beach SWAT officer.
Heckler & Koch G3SG/1
The Heckler & Koch G3SG/1 can be seen being carried by the Verona Beach Police SWAT officers.