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Titus (1999)

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Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Julie Taymor (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Osheen Jones Osheen Jones ... Young Lucius
Dario D'Ambrosi ... Clown
Anthony Hopkins ... Titus
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 Colin Wells ... Martius
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Priest
Alan Cumming ... Saturninus
James Frain ... Bassianus
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Storyline

War begets revenge. Victorious General Titus Andronicus (Sir Anthony Hopkins) returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora (Jessica Lange), Queen of the Goths, and her sons. He orders the eldest hewn to appease the Roman dead. He declines the proffered Emperor's crown, nominating Saturninus (Alan Cumming), the last ruler's venal elder son. Saturninus, to spite his brother Bassianus (James Frain), demands the hand of Lavinia (Laura Fraser), Titus' daughter. When Bassianus, Lavinia, and Titus' sons flee in protest, Titus stands against them and slays one of his own. Saturninus marries the honey-tongued Tamora, who vows vengeance against Titus. The ensuing maelstrom serves up tongues, hands, rape, adultery, racism, and Goth-meat pie. There's irony in which two sons survive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you think revenge is sweet...taste this. See more »


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Rated R for strong violent and sexual images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Italy | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,313, 26 December 1999

Gross USA:

$2,007,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,259,680
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicola Pecorini was the original Cinematographer on the project, but shortly after production began, he left, due to creative differences with Julie Taymor. Taymor had originally offered the job to Luciano Tovoli, but he had had to turn it down as he was shooting Deceit (1999) at the time. After Pecorini left, Taymor again contacted Tivoli, who was now free, and who agreed to come on-board. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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!
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Simple excellence
13 January 2004 | by Ackbar-2See all my reviews

No spoilers here.

This is a Shakespeare play, and this one is no comedy, I must say. Shakespeare liked the Rome background, and exploited it quite, though with some anachronysms, and, in this one, a victorious general, Titus, returns to Rome amidst the succession dispute following the death of the Caesar. Soon he will be entangled in a vicious plot.

Yes, Titus is the early, sensational, Shakespeare play, but, it displays to us what can be most dreadful in human nature. A story of vengeance like I've never seen, I felt myself tossed to the pits of utter filth when I first read it. It's violent, violent, violent and simple, yet, not cheesy. It's a kind of violence that you wouldn't ever see in action-packed movies with bullets afly.

The movie can hold you to your seat if you have watched other Shakespeare play based movies previously, for it is intense. The background and costumes are not genuine Rome, they were modified to something that resembles the movie "Dune", but nothing is ridiculously anachronic, like I thought of that DiCaprio "Romeo & Juliet", which made me leave the seat in the very beginning (the "Sword" scene). This movie Titus doesn't try to be historical or actual, it's more surreal-like, with original, abridged, text. The violence is quite explicit, so have your stomach ready.

Alas, the acting is great! Totally recommended, this story is the Centaurs' Feast! Our journey shall be a very long and ominous journey, but you shall part on it with me.


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