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

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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Tit Andronik  »

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Opening Weekend:

$22,313 (USA) (26 December 1999)

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$1,921,350 (USA) (21 May 2000)
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Nicola Pecorini was the original Cinematographer on the project, but shortly after production began, he left, due to creative differences with Julie Taymor. Taymor had originally offered the job to Luciano Tovoli, but he had had to turn it down as he was shooting Il gioco (1999) at the time. After Pecorini left, Taymor again contacted Tivoli, who was now free, and who agreed to come on-board. See more »

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When Tamora leaves the party/orgy to join Aaron on the balcony, her hands are clasped across her chest. In the next shot she is holding a cigarette. See more »

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Tamora: The worst done to her the better loved of me.
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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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