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Titus -- This film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus." Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Who says revenge is sweet?

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William Shakespeare (play)
Julie Taymor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 February 2000 (USA) See more »
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If you think you know Shakespeare....Think again. See more »
Plot:
This film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus." Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Who says revenge is sweet? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A "timeless" retelling See more (286 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Osheen Jones ... Young Lucius
Dario D'Ambrosi ... Clown

Anthony Hopkins ... Titus Andronicus

Jessica Lange ... Tamora

Raz Degan ... Alarbus

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Chiron

Matthew Rhys ... Demetrius

Harry Lennix ... Aaron

Angus Macfadyen ... Lucius

Kenny Doughty ... Quintus

Blake Ritson ... Mutius
Colin Wells ... Martius
Ettore Geri ... Priest

Alan Cumming ... Saturninus

Constantine Gregory ... Aemelius

James Frain ... Bassianus

Colm Feore ... Marcus Andronicus

Geraldine McEwan ... Nurse

Laura Fraser ... Lavinia
Tresy Taddei ... Little Girl
Bah Souleymane ... Infant

Antonio Manzini ... Publius
Leonardo Treviglio ... Caius

Giacomo Gonnella ... Sempronius
Carlo Medici ... Valentin
Emanuele Vezzoli ... Goth Leader
Hermann Weisskopf ... Goth Soldier (as Herman Weiskopf)
Christopher Ahrens ... Goth Soldier (as Cristopher Aherns)
Vito Fasano ... Goth General
Maurizio Rapotec ... Goth Lieutenant
Bruno Bilotta ... Roman Captain

Directed by
Julie Taymor 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "Titus Andronicus")

Julie Taymor (screenplay)

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... producer
Jody Allen .... producer (as Jody Patton)
Paul G. Allen .... executive producer
Stephen K. Bannon .... co-executive producer
Robert Bernacchi .... associate producer
Mark Bisgeier .... co-associate producer (as Mark D. Bisgeier)
Adam Leipzig .... co-producer
Ellen Dinerman Little .... co-executive producer (as Ellen Little)
Robert Little .... co-executive producer
Brad Moseley .... co-associate producer
Linda Reisman .... consulting producer: U.S.
Julie Taymor .... producer
Karen L. Thorson .... associate producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Ellen Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Art Direction by
Pier Luigi Basile (supervising art director)
Massimo Razzi 
Domenico Sica (co-art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gervasi 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... key hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Ana Bulajic-Crcek .... makeup artist
Jana Carboni .... assistant makeup artist
Maria Pia Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist
Paola Genovese .... assistant hair stylist
Vincenzo Mastrantonio .... makeup artist (as Enzo Mastrantonio)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: Jessica Lange (as Dorothy Pearl)
Luigi Rocchetti .... key makeup artist
Luigi Rocchetti .... makeup department head
Gino Tamagnini .... key makeup artist
Mauro Tamagnini .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Bernacchi .... unit production manager
Pino Butti .... production supervisor
Dino Di Dionisio .... production supervisor
Marco Greco .... unit manager
Marco Olivieri .... unit manager
Stefano Sciarra .... assistant production manager
Gian Paolo Varani .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanja Aljinovic .... co-first assistant director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director (as Antonio Brandt)
Gilles Cannatella .... third assistant director
Henrique Laplaine .... third assistant director (as Henrique de Araujo Laplaine)
Zdravko Madzarevic .... assistant director
Luigi Spoletini .... third assistant director
Bojana Sutic .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Alessia Anfuso .... assistant set decorator
Carlo Avvisato .... props
Luigi Calvitti .... carpenter
Dimitri Capuani .... assistant art director
Roberto Casale .... assistant art director
Maria Rita Cassarino .... assistant set decorator
Roberto Cingolani .... draperies
Cristian De Mattheis .... storyboard artist
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Ludovica Ferrario .... additional props trainee
Biagio Fersini .... assistant art director
Ettore Guerrieri .... prop master
Barbel Elizabet Krisel .... assistant set decorator
Barnaba Pagliarini .... draperies
Ivan Pavletic .... props
Bruno Ranieri .... head painter
Luigi Sergianni .... construction manager
Luca Tranchino .... draftsman
Claudio Villa .... props
 
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... sound re-recordist
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Greber .... sound transfer supervisor
Gabriel Guy .... machine room operator
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Blake Leyh .... sound designer
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... foley mixer
Debora Lilavois .... assistant adr editor
Debora Lilavois .... assistant sound editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Michael Miller .... adr recordist
Cate Montana .... sound intern
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Tim O'Shea .... foley editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Juan Peralta .... sound mix technician
Jen Ralston .... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Alessandro Rolla .... cable person
Alex Soto .... assistant sound editor
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
John Torrijos .... video services
Christian von Burkleo .... video services
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Colin Wood .... sound maintenance
Steve Romanko .... sound (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley librarian (uncredited)
David Yonson .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... special effects supervisor
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects technician
Germano Natali .... mechanical devices
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Fabio Traversari .... special effects technician
David Bracci .... prosthetic effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Andrea Adams .... CG animator
Stefano Ballirano .... senior digital artist
Martin Body .... optical cameraman
Eric Chauvin .... digital matte painter
Steve Cutmore .... digital compositor (as Stephen Cutmore)
Andrea D'Amico .... visual effects producer: POP Film
John Paul Docherty .... CG animator (as Paul Docherty)
Ditch Doy .... CG animator
Deak Ferrand .... senior matte painter/designer: POP animation
Lori Freitag-Hild .... digital compositor
Lauren Giordano .... special effects editor
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Arnon Manor .... CG animator
Tim Ollive .... CG animator (as Timothy Ollive)
Corrado Rizzo .... digital compositor
Gian Luca Rizzo .... digital compositor
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer
Julie Stark .... compositor
John Swinnerton .... digital compositor
Marc Twinam-Cauchi .... CG animator (as Mark Twinam-Cauchi)
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor
Pat Wong .... digital compositor (as Patrick Wong)
Cheryl Bainum .... digital effects producer: POP Animation (uncredited)
Andy Davis .... digital compositor: Imaginary Forces (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator (as Stefano Mioni)
Ivan Pavletic .... stuntman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fabrizio Ancillai .... assistant camera
Enrico Appetito .... still photographer
Roberto Bagalá .... best boy grip
Roberto Barbona .... grip
Eric Biglietto .... focus puller: "b" camera
Alessia Bulgari .... still photographer
Daniele Cafolla .... light board operator
Alessandro Cardelli .... electrician
Raffaele Chianese .... focus puller: "b" camera
Daniela Chioffi .... clapper loader
Fabio Ciotto .... assistant camera
Marco Contaldo .... best boy
Sergio De Luca .... assistant camera
Daniele Dessena .... grip
Francesco Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera
Roberto Emidi .... key grip
Stefano Falivene .... focus puller
Paolo Frasson .... grip
Samba Kosak .... assistant camera
Samba Koschak .... camera trainee
Simone Lucchetti .... electrician
Enrico Lucidi .... camera operator
Raffaele Massa .... first assistant camera
Valter Pavia .... grip
Ivan Pavletic .... grip
Francisco Pintore .... second assistant "a" camera
Andrea Quaglio .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Cristiano Sergioli .... grip diver
Marco Sticchi .... electrician
Tama Takahashi .... "a" camera first assistant camera
Giovanni Tancredi .... electrician
Giorgio Tasso .... video assist operator
Giorgio Toso .... second assistant camera
Lorenzo Tovoli .... focus puller
Massimiliano Trevis .... Steadicam operator
Massimiliano Trevis .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Massimiliano Sardini .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Marcia DeBonis .... casting associate
Shaila Rubin .... casting: Rome
Gianfilippo Spoletini .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... seamstress
Alma Barbieri .... workshop tailor
Costanza Bastanti .... wardrobe
Mariella Dirindelli .... wardrobe assistant
Nicoletta Ercole .... associated costume designer
Annie Hadley .... chief costume cutter
Giovanni Lipari .... costumer
Gabriella Loria .... costume assistant
Olga Michalowska .... assistant costume designer
Arthur Rowsell .... dresser: Mr. Hopkins (as Arthur Roswell)
Marco Scotti .... wardrobe master
Lucilla Simbari .... costume assistant
Emanuele Zito .... costume workshop supervisor (as Emanuele Zito)
 
Editorial Department
Bob Allen .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
William Henry .... first assistant editor (as Bill Henry)
Ian Hochberg .... second assistant editor
Peter Phillips .... post-production coordinator
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... editing production assistant (as Anna DiNuovo)
Sara Thorson .... second assistant editor
Josh Wick .... editing production assistant
 
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Deaf Elk .... musician: guitar
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Matthias Gohl .... music producer (as Teese Gohl)
Elliot Goldenthal .... music producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... orchestrator
Page Hamilton .... musician: guitar
Joel Iwataki .... music mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music recordist
Joel Iwataki .... music score mixer
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Daryl B. Kell .... music editor (as Daryl Kell)
Lawrence Manchester .... music recordist
Richard Martinez .... electronic music producer
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor
Mark Stewart .... musician: guitar
John Thomas .... musician: trumpet
Bruce Williamson .... musician: saxophone
 
Transportation Department
Roberto Leone .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Eleonora Baldwin .... assistant to director
Cicely Berry .... voice specialist
Giuseppe Cancellara .... armorer
Carmela Compagnone .... payroll accountant
Kyle Cooper .... designer/producer: Penny Arcade Nightmare sequences
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Constantine Gregory .... dialogue coach
David S. Leong .... additional fight choreography
Norma Marie Mascia .... production coordinator
Paola Mengoni .... script supervisor
Claudia Moscatello .... production secretary
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Anna Orieti .... production accountant
Rizia Ortolani .... production secretary
Alex G. Ortoll .... main title sequence designed and produced by
Giuseppe Pennese .... choreographer
Barbara Petrelli .... location manager
Patrizia Pierucci .... assistant payroll accountant
Katherine Profeta .... script researcher
Luigi Rocchetti .... prosthetic devices
Sergio Stivaletti .... prosthetic devices
Gino Tamagnini .... prosthetic devices
 
Thanks
Eileen Gregory .... thanks
Steven Spielberg .... thanks
Baby Walker .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violent and sexual images
Runtime:
162 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Marcus (Colm Feore) finds Lavinia (Laura Fraser, the burnt branches surrounding her are a representation of how much she has been destroyed and mutilated from her original beauty. Taymor based the image of Lavinia on the tree trunk on an Edgar Degas' ballerina on a pedestal.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Tamora:Why do I have patience to endure all this?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lion Taymor (2001) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Why does Titus fire arrows off into the sky? Is he trying to kill Saturninus and Tamora?
Why do some characters speak directly to camera?
Is it true that Titus Andronicus is regarded as Shakespeare's worst play?
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77 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A "timeless" retelling, 14 January 2004
Author: shaquanda36 from Little Rock, Arkansas

Titus. Where to begin? Oh yes, at the beginning. William Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus early in his career. VERY early in his career, and such is apparent. On stage, this script as a play must be awful. Character motivations are not explained, there are holes in the action, a character leaves the country and then comes back, seemingly only to set up the climax. There is little explanation of action, and it is less poetic than some of his masterworks (Midsummer, Hamlet, Lear). And yet, Julie Taymor, renowned for her fantastical vision of The Lion King on Broadway, chose this, possibly Shakespeare's most problematic play, to be her introduction to film.

This adaptation is wonderful. Why? Because it fills all the holes of the initial play. She adds scenes without dialogue, she makes the setting timeless and symbolic, and removes it from the realm of reality, wherein the play never worked to begin with. She tranforms a difficult play about revenge into much, much more. It is now a feast for the eyes, a commentary on revenge, power, theatre, film, and villiany.

To be fair, I am not giving Shakespeare enough credit. The play he wrote has many marvelous aspects, mainly the Aaron - possibly Shakespeare's greatest villian. He is unrelenting. And in the film, he is wonderfully acted. Titus is a good character too, and Anthony Hopkins acts him well enough.

It would be easy for a Shakespeare purist to say "eww, what was that," but I would call this retelling a gem. It is moody, gritty, passionate, clever, awe-inspiring, and true to the theme of the original script. It has only added to Shakespeare's words. Is it perfect? No. It does make you stretch yourself, the ending is a head-scratcher, but this will be my favorite Shakespeare adaptation for a long time to come. 9/10

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