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The Tragedy of Coriolanus (1984)

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director:

Elijah Moshinsky

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Jesson ... First Citizen
Ray Roberts Ray Roberts ... Second Citizen
Leon Lissek ... Third Citizen
Jon Rumney ... Fourth Citizen
Russell Kilmister ... Fifth Citizen
Joss Ackland ... Menenius
Alan Howard ... Caius Marcius (Coriolanus)
Patrick Godfrey ... Cominius
John Rowe ... First Roman Senator
Peter Sands ... Titus Lartius
John Burgess John Burgess ... Sicinius
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ... Junius Brutus
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... Aufidius
Valentine Dyall ... Adrian
Brian Poyser Brian Poyser ... First Volscian Senator
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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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Genres:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Coriolanus See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the script for the episode, Coriolanus' death scene is played as a fight between himself and Aufidius in front of a large crowd who urge Aufidius to kill him. However, in shooting the scene, Elijah Moshinsky changed it so that it takes place in front of a few silent senators, and there is no real fight as such. See more »

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Version of Studio One in Hollywood: Coriolanus (1951) See more »

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Good acting, not bad for the BBC
28 May 2007 | by holt-loverSee all my reviews

I don't want to be too critical of this, since it is the only available version of this play. Alan Howard does a great job in the title role, making you believe in his character, and all of the other actors do great jobs too. Of course, then there's the problem all of the BBC productions had with this cycle: the production never put in the money to make these plays seem like real films, something Olivier or Brannagh would make, so you get pretty dull sets and very little music, and of course no breathtaking battles or sword fights. Still, that's not the fault of this movie, and like I said, I'm thankful at least one version exists. The DVD comes with subtitles or you can follow along with the text if you're unfamiliar with the play like I was. It's worth checking out if you get the chance.


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