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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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A modern telling of William Shakespeare's darkest drama set against the backdrop of a corporate Rome.

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

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$1,921,350 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Before he came to America and won an Oscar, Anthony Hopkins had appeared in over 100 performances of King Lear (as Lear) and over 100 performances of Antony and Cleopatra (as Antony) and had vowed never to do Shakespeare again. Shortly before being offered the role of Titus by Julie Taymor, he was offered the same role for an English stage production and had turned it down. He also turned down Taymor at first. However, after seeing her stage production of The Lion King and a video of her production for Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan of the operatic adaptation of Great Performances: Oedipus Rex (1993), Hopkins changed his mind and decided to do the project. See more »

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Simple excellence
13 January 2004 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – See all my reviews

No spoilers here.

This is a Shakespeare play, and this one is no comedy, I must say. Shakespeare liked the Rome background, and exploited it quite, though with some anachronysms, and, in this one, a victorious general, Titus, returns to Rome amidst the succession dispute following the death of the Caesar. Soon he will be entangled in a vicious plot.

Yes, Titus is the early, sensational, Shakespeare play, but, it displays to us what can be most dreadful in human nature. A story of vengeance like I've never seen, I felt myself tossed to the pits of utter filth when I first read it. It's violent, violent, violent and simple, yet, not cheesy. It's a kind of violence that you wouldn't ever see in action-packed movies with bullets afly.

The movie can hold you to your seat if you have watched other Shakespeare play based movies previously, for it is intense. The background and costumes are not genuine Rome, they were modified to something that resembles the movie "Dune", but nothing is ridiculously anachronic, like I thought of that DiCaprio "Romeo & Juliet", which made me leave the seat in the very beginning (the "Sword" scene). This movie Titus doesn't try to be historical or actual, it's more surreal-like, with original, abridged, text. The violence is quite explicit, so have your stomach ready.

Alas, the acting is great! Totally recommended, this story is the Centaurs' Feast! Our journey shall be a very long and ominous journey, but you shall part on it with me.


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