Titus (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  11 February 2000 (USA)
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Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.



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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you think revenge is sweet...taste this. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent and sexual images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tit Andronik  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,313 (USA) (24 December 1999)


$1,921,350 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Saturninus (Alan Cumming) forgives Titus (Anthony Hopkins), a large stone hand can be seen in the background - hands are a major theme throughout the film. See more »


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 »


Tamora: Had you not by wondrous fortune come, this vengeance on me had they executed! Revenge it, as you love your mother's life or be ye not henceforth called my children!
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References Fellini Satyricon (1969) See more »

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Beautiful adaptation
12 January 2000 | by (Seattle WA) – See all my reviews

This film demonstrates how a stage director can combine the unique atmosphere of theater with the stark realism--and fantastic effects-- of film and make a beautiful, moving masterpiece. The words are Shakespeare, the staging is fabulous, the costumes and sets are remarkable and memorable. Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins and Alan Cummings radiate. Seeing Titus leaves one exhausted and exhilarated, believing one has seen true, gifted, timeless film making.

Titus is one of Shakespeare's little-known, earlier works, and it is a violent, disturbing tragedy. The producer and director took incredible risks to bring this remarkable experience to you. I know you will be moved.

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