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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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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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  (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 .... sound 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)
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
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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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Shortly after the film 300 (2006) was released, there was considerable controversy as regards Tyler Bates's score. It was noted that Bates' music borrowed heavily from Elliot Goldenthal's score for Titus. In particular, Bates' "Remember Us" is identical in parts to Goldenthal's "Finale", and "Returns a King" is very similar to "Victorius Titus". There was talk of an impending lawsuit, however, on 3 August 2007, Warner Bros. Pictures acknowledged on 300's official website, "a number of the music cues for the score of 300 were, without our knowledge or participation, derived from music composed by Academy Award winning composer Elliot Goldenthal for the motion picture Titus. Warner Bros. Pictures has great respect for Elliot, our longtime collaborator, and is pleased to have amicably resolved this matter." As a result, the composer credit on the 2009 Blu-ray re-release of 300, "300: The Ultimate Experience", features the note "Derived in Part from Pre-existing Compositions Not Authored by Tyler Bates".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 »
Lucius:[Last lines of the film] Go some of you, bear Saturninus hence, and give him burial in his father's grave. My father and Lavinia shall forthwith be closed in our household's monument. As for that ravenous tiger, Tamora, no funeral rite nor man in mourning weeds, no mournful bell shall ring her burial! But throw her forth to beasts and birds of prey! Her life was beast-like and devoid of pity. And being dead, let birds on her take pity!See more »
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42 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the most faithfully recreated Shakespeare play ever, 27 November 2004
Author: Ex0dus from Seattle, WA

Taken from the Shakespeare play 'Titus Andronicus', A very dark humored and brutal work originally, Julie Taymor isolates and drives upon the very force that brought William Shakespeare to his immortal success: Shock your audience.

A Roman General(Titus) after loosing many of his sons as soldiers in battle returns to a war-hungry Rome days after the death of Julius Ceasar. You're introduced to the story as the two sons of the Emperor petition to succeed their Father. Superficially this story is an all-out-tragedy. Underneath, however, it's a causticly ironic tale to see a man forge the tools of his own suffering through his own arrogant and selfish misdoings, then to eventually find shame and humility.

This movie is so packed with metaphor most viewers find it intimidating. It's an amazingly seamless telling of a story using time-specific visual references to outline the characters and events. i.e. the nazi-esque motorcade, biker costumes appear similar to the Italian fascist movement, evident paranoia. While the rival motorcade appears symbolic of John Kennedy and symbiotic trust.

The costume design is fabulous, obvious 1960's Glam/GlamRock design influences carefully illustrate the vanity and narcissism of Roman culture at the time using flashy wool-lined synthetics. I openly covet the cape Titus wears. Shakespeare took particular pleasure mocking a society with conveniently and easily deniable Gods, such that the Gods themselves treat their fates as tragic playthings.

And I digress... my main point is Shakespeare built his fame on being what has always been considered taboo and edgy: sex, violence, death and profanity. Julie Taymor having not missed a beat with the visuals, which are terrible and powerful at times, only seek to punctuate tragedy, much unlike its 1999 counterpart 'Titus Andronicus' which focused more on hate and revenge making for very unreasonable 1 dimensional characters.

My advice: Watch this movie more than once. Every time I do I glean more from it. Tony Hopkins and Alan Cumming both give some of the best performances of their careers, Moreover one of the best directed films ever IMHO.

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