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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.

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First Citizen
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Menenius
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Caius Marcius (Coriolanus)
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Cominius
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First Roman Senator
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Titus Lartius
John Burgess ...
Sicinius
Anthony Pedley ...
Junius Brutus
Mike Gwilym ...
Aufidius
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Adrian
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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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Coriolanus  »

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The production design of Rome in this episode was very specific; everywhere except the Senate was to be small and cramped. The idea behind this design choice was to reflect Coriolanus' mindset. He dislikes the notion of the people gathering together for anything, and on such a cramped set, because the alleys and streets are so small, it only takes a few people to make them look dangerously crowded. See more »

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Good acting, not bad for the BBC
28 May 2007 | by See 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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