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Coriolanus (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  20 January 2012 (UK)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.



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The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius. Written by Icon Entertainment

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Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Koriolan  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$61,136 (USA) (20 January 2012)


$756,452 (USA) (25 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


First-ever theatrical movie version of William Shakespeare's play "Coriolanus". Besides being one of the last tragedies Shakespeare's wrote, it is also known for being one of The Bard's least-staged plays. See more »


When Aufidius and his soldiers enter their base, all of the previously right-handed soldiers, including Aufidius, wear their thigh-mounted holsters on their left legs, indicating the shot has been flipped. See more »


[first lines]
Second Citizen: Before we proceed any further, hear me speak. You are all resolved rather to die than to famish?
Gathered Citizens: [in unison] Resolved.
Second Citizen: First, you know Caius Martius is chief enemy to the people.
Gathered Citizens: We know it.
First Citizen: Let us kill him. And we'll have corn at our own price.
Second Citizen: We are accounted poor citizens, the patricians of good. The leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, our suffering, is a gain to them.
Gathered Citizens: Aye.
Second Citizen: Let us revenge this with our sticks, ere we become rakes.
First Citizen: No more talking on it. Come!
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Version of The Tragedy of Coriolanus (1984) See more »


Sta Pervolia
(Mikis Theodorakis)
Performed by Lisa Zane
Published courtesy of Schott Music, Mainz - Germany
Produced by Stephen McLaughlin (as Steve McLaughlin) & Richard Lancaster
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Shakespeare's Ancient Tragedy Brilliantly Told
29 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shakespeare's most complicated tragedy set in the early days of the Rome Republic gets an updated setting in Fiennes' movie. Using story-telling techniques combining CNN, CSI, and YouTube along with images of street demonstrations, riots, and urban warfare, Fiennes gives us a Coriolanus befitting our times, clarifying how the titular hero can fall from national hero to banishment in a matter of minutes on the whims of a fickle populous easily swayed by political spin-masters. Still, the mamma's boy element of Coriolanus' tragedy remains intact.

Though significantly cut, the text is pure Shakespeare, even in the mouths of TV talking-head pundits. Spoken by the likes of Fiennes and Brian Cox, the verse lifts what could have been a gimmickry telling of Coriolanus into a five-star Shakespearean movie.

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