* BreakawayPopHit: The soundtrack exposed a few songs, most notably The Cardigans' "Lovefool" and the choral version of "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" (nowadays known as [[SampledUp "Wear Sunscreen"]]).
* DawsonCasting: Originally the 14 year old NataliePortman was cast as Juliet, but the director thought that the much older LeonardoDiCaprio looked like he was "molesting her", so the [[TheOtherMarty 16-year old Claire Danes was hired instead]].
* StarMakingRole: For LeonardoDiCaprio and Claire Danes, at least before ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' really pushed the former to superstardom.
* ThemeTuneCameo: A version of "The Love Theme" from the 1968 Franco Zefferelli adaptation plays in the background at one point.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This is a ''very'' 90s kinda movie, stylistically and visually.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Not only was Natalie Portman supposed to play Juliet before Claire Danes, but John Leguizamo wanted to play Mercutio, before being cast as Tybalt.
** Claire Danes and [=DiCaprio=] were going to be reunited in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', but Danes was too tired after shooting, so the role went to Creator/KateWinslet instead.
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