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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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11 February 2000 (USA) See more »
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Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 Weiskopf ... 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
Paola Sforzini .... sb painter
Luca Tranchino .... draftsman
Claudio Villa .... props
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... re-recordist: Skywalker Sound
Chris Barron .... audio digital transfer: Skywalker Sound (as Christopher Barron)
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Greber .... audio digital transfer: Skywalker Sound
Gabriel Guy .... machine room operator: Skywalker Sound
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer: Skyywalker Sound
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
Joan Malloch .... audio digital transfer: Skywalker Sound
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 .... mix technician: Skywalker Sound
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: Skywalker Sound
John Torrijos .... video services: Skywalker Sound
Christian von Burkleo .... video services: Skywalker Sound (as Christian Von Burkleo)
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
Colin Wood .... sound maintenance
Colin O'Neill .... digital audio technician: Skywalker Sound (uncredited)
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)
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
Paolo Bovi .... grip
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
Location Management
Barbara Petrelli .... location manager
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)
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
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
Patrizia Pierucci .... assistant payroll accountant
Katherine Profeta .... script researcher
Luigi Rocchetti .... prosthetic devices
Sergio Stivaletti .... prosthetic devices
Gino Tamagnini .... prosthetic devices
Eileen Gregory .... thanks
Steven Spielberg .... thanks
Baby Walker .... thanks

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Rated R for strong violent and sexual images
162 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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 »
Titus:Oh villains, Chiron and Demetrius. Here stands the spring whom you have stained with mud, this goodly summer with your winter mixed. You killed her husband, and for that vile fault two of her brothers were condemned to death, my hand cut off and made a merry jest...See more »
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Referenced in Working Stiff (2002)See more »


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109 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
gripping, absurdist view of Shakespeare, 17 August 2000
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In recent years, a new fashion has sprung up among filmmakers who have attempted to bring Shakespeare's works to the screen. No longer content to keep the plays bound to the historical eras in which they are set, many an adapter has chosen to transport the plots and dialogue virtually intact to either a completely modern setting or a strange never-never land that combines elements of the past with elements of the present. In just the last few years, we have seen this done with `Romeo and Juliet,' `Richard the Third' (albeit this one made it only as far as the 1940's) and even Kenneth Branagh's `Hamlet,' which, although also not exactly contemporary in setting, did at least move that familiar story ahead in time several centuries. Now comes `Titus,' a film based on one of Shakespeare's earliest, bloodiest and least well known plays, `Titus Andronicus,' and, in many ways, this film is the most bizarrely conceived of the four, since it creates a world in which - amidst the architectural splendors of ancient columned buildings - Roman warriors, dressed in traditional armor and wielding unsheathed swords, battle for power in a land disconcertingly filled with motorcycles and automobiles, pool tables and Pepsi cans, punk hair cuts and telephone poles, video games and loud speakers. The effect of all this modernization may be unsettling and off-putting to the Shakespearean purist, yet, in the case of all four of these films, the directorial judgment has paid off handsomely. Not only does this technique revive some of the freshness of these overly familiar works, but these strange, otherworldly settings actually render more poetic the heightened unreality of Shakespeare's dialogue. Plus, in all honesty, Shakespeare's plays are themselves riddled with so many examples of historical anachronisms that the `crime' of modernization seems a piddling one at best.

Those unfamiliar with `Titus Andronicus' may well be caught off guard by the ferocious intensity of this Shakespearean work. Moralists who decry the rampant display of unrestrained violence in contemporary culture and look longingly back to a time when art and entertainment were supposedly free of this particular blight may well be shocked and appalled to see Shakespeare's utter relishment in gruesomeness and gore here. In this shocking tale of betrayal, vengeance and rampant brutality, heads, tongues and limbs are lopped off with stunning regularity and it is a measure of Julie Taymor's skill as a director and her grasp of the shocking nature of the material that, even in this day and age when we have become so inured and jaded in the area of screen violence, we are truly shaken by the work's cruelty and ugliness. Yet, Taymor occasionally injects scenes of daring black comedy into the proceedings, as when Titus and his brother carry away the heads of his sons contained in glass jars while his own daughter, who has had her own hands chopped off in a vicious rape, carries Titus' own dismembered hand in her teeth! There are even meat pies made out of two of Titus's enemies to be served up as dinner for their unwitting mother. Thus, even though we can never take our eyes off the screen, this is often a very difficult film to watch.

`Titus' is filled with elements of character, plot and theme that Shakespeare would enlarge upon in later works. It includes a father betrayed by his progeny (`King Lear'), a Moorish general (`Othello'), a struggle for political power (`Julius Caesar' among others) and - a theme that runs through virtually all Shakespeare's tragedies - the need for revenge to maintain filial or familial honor. Anthony Hopkins is superb as Titus, capturing the many internal contradictions that plague this man who, though a beloved national hero and military conqueror, finds himself too weary to accept the popular acclamation to make him emperor - a decision he will live to rue when his refusal ends up placing the power directly into the hands of a rival who makes it his ambition to bring ghastly ruin upon Titus' family. Titus is also a man who can, without a twinge of conscience, kill a son he feels has betrayed him and disembowel a captive despite the pleas of his desperate mother, yet, at the same time, show mercy to the latter's family, humbly refuse the power offered him, and break down in heartbroken despair at the executions of his sons and the sight of his own beloved daughter left tongueless and handless by those very same people he has seen fit to spare. Jessica Lange, as the mother of the captive Titus cruelly dismembers, seethes with subtle, pent-up anger as she plots her revenge against Titus and his family.

Visually, this widescreen film is a stunner. Taymor matches the starkness of the drama with a concomitant visual design, often grouping her characters in studied compositions set in bold relief against an expansive, dominating sky. At times, the surrealist imagery mirrors Fellini at his most flamboyant.

The fact that this is one of Shakespeare's earliest works is evident in the undisciplined plotting and the emphasis on sensationalism at the expense of the powerful themes that would be developed more fully in those later plays with which we are all familiar. At the end of the story, for instance, many of the characters seem to walk right into their deaths in ways that defy credibility. We sense that Shakespeare may not yet have developed the playwright's gift for bringing all his elements together to create a satisfying resolution. Thus, it is the raw energy of the novice - the obvious glee with which this young writer attacks his new medium - that Taymor, in her wildly absurdist style, taps into most strongly. `Titus' may definitely not be for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, but the purely modern way in which the original play is presented in this particular film version surely underlines the timelessness that is Shakespeare.

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