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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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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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One of the best Shakespeare adaptations i have seen. Actors are comfortable in the material. **** (out of four) See more (291 total) »


  (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
Beatrice Di Iorio .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Bernacchi .... unit production manager
Pino Butti .... production supervisor
Dino Di Dionisio .... production supervisor
Boris Dmitrovic .... production manager: Croatia
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
Will 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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The scene where Titus sits in a bathtub is loosely based on the famous 1793 Jacques-Louise David painting "The Death of Marat".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 »
Tamora:I'll find a day to massacre them all and raze their faction and their family, the cruel father and his traitorous sons, to whom I sued for my dear son's life, and make them know what 'tis to let a queen kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.See more »
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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Shakespeare adaptations i have seen. Actors are comfortable in the material. **** (out of four), 11 April 2001

TITUS / (1999) **** (out of four)

By Blake French:

"Titus Andronicus" proves Shakespeare had a dirty, violent mind. The original tragedy, one of Shakespeare's lesser known, plays like a 90's slasher film, with enough blood, guts, decapitations, amputations, murders, and missing limbs for several modern day horror romps. When director Julie Taymor adapted the play to the screen, she proved what a brave, gutsy filmmaker we have working here. It's like watching an on-screen play, with all the guts and glory of Shakespeare; the script does not even feel as if it was rewritten for the screen, but left for a modern dramatization of theater. Her film "Titus," starring veteran actors Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lang, is one of the most bizarre updates of William Shakespeare's work I can remember-and that is a very good thing.

Anthony Hopkins plays general Titus Andronicus, at the heart of the story, who, as the movie opens, returns from conquering the Goths. Ignoring the motives of his mother, Tamora (Lang), and her two lasting sons, Chiron (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), and Demetrius (Matthew Rhys), Titus ceremoniously sacrifices one of the apprehended enemies and supports the scandalous Saturninus (Alan Cumming) who is soon to be emperor.

Saturninus chooses Titus' daughter, Lavinia (Laura Fraser), to be his wife, despite the fact that she has already been plighted to Saturninus own brother (James Frain). The young couple flee after hearing the decision, causing Titus to murder one of his own disputing sons. Saturninus then chooses Tamora as his new bridal choice.

What follows is a series of memorable events that begin as a simple revenge scheme against Titus and his daughter, led by Tamora and her sons, and her secret lover, the sadistic Moor Aaron (Harry Lennix). From that point on, Titus rebels against his alliances and joins his family, including younger brother Lucius (Colm Feore), in a battle against his enemies to seek ever so sweet revenge.

Unlike the modern update of "Romeo & Juliet" in 1996, the actors in "Titus" feel very comfortable with the Shakespearean language. They all do an exceptionally convincing job bringing the beautiful language to life inside their artistic characters. Anthony Hopkins is right at home here, delivering a challenging, particularly involving, and gripping performance. Alan Cumming is perfectly cast as a sleazy slime ball. Jessica Lang takes advantage of capturing such a juicy, extravagant character and is not afraid to overact when necessary.

It is the tone, however, and the atmosphere, that makes the production so captivating. Some scenes feel as if we are in some zany, demented comedy of bleak proportions, often seized by the engaging, although unusual, sound track. In one scene, we feel uncomfortable with the sight of several young men listening to heavy rock music and playing video games in a Shakespearean movie. It is also continuously unique and entertaining. There is an absolutely stunning sequence in an orgy, and the throat slitting, cannibalistic finale seems like something Hannibal Lector would concoct.

"Titus" is a very strange, peculiar picture, often disturbing and cringe-inducing. It is not a movie for everyone. Although the film is made in a way in which I think most intelligent audiences could at least somewhat understand, it is also extremely graphic in its violence and sexual content; it is R-rated and intended for mature audiences only. "Titus" will captivate forbearing fans of its unique genre, but disgust those looking for passionate and a happy ending. I found myself reluctant at first, but once I gave myself over to the characters, story, and motives, I was simply enthralled by the dazzling filmmaking here. "Titus" is one of the year's best films.

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