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Titus (1999)

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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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Storyline

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 you know Shakespeare....Think again. See more »


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,313, 26 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,921,350, 21 May 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,007,290, 19 May 2017
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Every single Goth, who appears in the film, has blond hair, not a single Roman has blond hair. Julie Taymor did this to emphasis the racial division inherent in the story. See more »

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The position of the spoon as Lucius jams it down Saturninus' throat. See more »

Quotes

Lavinia: In peace and honor live Lord Titus long. My noble lord and father, live in fame. Lo, at this tomb my tributary tears I render for my brethren's obsequies, and at thy feet I kneel with tears of joy shed on this earth for thy return to Rome. O bless me here with thy victorious hand.
Titus: Kind Rome, that hast thoust lovingly reserved the cordial of mine age to glad my heart! Lavinia, live, outlive thy father's days and fame's eternal date, for virtue's praise.
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Version of Titus Andronicus (2000) See more »

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What Shakespeare is bad Shakespeare?
8 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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