War begets revenge. Victorious general, Titus Andronicus, returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora queen of the Goths and her sons. He orders the eldest hewn to appease the Roman dead. He declines the proffered emperor's crown, nominating Saturninus, the last ruler's venal elder son. Saturninus, to spite his brother Bassianus, demands the hand of Lavinia, Titus's daughter. When Bassianus, Lavinia, and Titus's sons flee in protest, Titus stands against them and slays one of his own. Saturninus marries the honey-tongued Tamora, who vows vengeance against Titus. The ensuing maelstrom serves up tongues, hands, rape, adultery, racism, and Goth-meat pie. There's irony in which two sons survive. Written by
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When Aaron speaks saying: "Come on, my lords, the better foot before:
Straight will I bring you to the loathsome pit
Where I espied the tiger fast asleep." His actually says "panther" as opposed to "tiger" (as is written in the original play). See more »
[in the woods with the maimed and mutilated Lavinia]
So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak, who 'twas that cut thy tongue and ravished thee?
Write down thy mind. Bewary thy meaning so, and if they stumps will let thee play thy scribe.
See how with signs and tokens she can scrowl.
Go home. Call for sweet water. Wash thy hands.
She hath no tongue to call nor hands to wash; and so let's leave her with her silent walks.
And 'twere my cause, I should go hang myself.
If thou hadst hands to help ...
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I liked this movie a lot. Shakespeare is the only profound person I've ever come across and this movie did him justice.
If you like Shakespeare and aren't hung up on the need of Shakespeare plays / movies to use English accents, then watch this movie.
Brilliant acting, brilliant production. This isn't the typical low budget Shakespeare movie that hurts the eyes. It's an unsettling movie which is good because it's an unsettling play. The movie did a good job of expressing the feeling that is hidden within the text.
Anthony Hopkins is an amazing actor, backed up by other actors who are almost as impressive.
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