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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Osheen Jones ... Young Lucius
... Clown
... Titus Andronicus
... Tamora
... Alarbus
... Chiron
... Demetrius
... Aaron
... Lucius
... Quintus
... Mutius
Colin Wells ... Martius
Ettore Geri ... Priest
... Saturninus
... Aemelius
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Storyline

War begets revenge. Victorious general, Titus Andronicus, returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora 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, the last ruler's venal elder son. Saturninus, to spite his brother Bassianus, demands the hand of Lavinia, Titus's daughter. When Bassianus, Lavinia, and Titus's 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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The fall of an empire. The descent of man. See more »


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

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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tit Andronik  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,313, 26 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,921,350, 21 May 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,007,290, 19 May 2017
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The changes in the color of Titus' clothes, as the film progresses, were very specifically chosen by Julie Taymor, as they move from very dark armor to a totally white chef's outfit in the final scene. Taymor wanted to convey the impression of Titus moving from being a soldier, impervious to emotion, to something much more vulnerable and human. 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

Saturnius: What hast thou done, unnatural and unkind?
Titus: Killed her, for whom my tears had made me blind.
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Version of Titus Andronicus (1970) See more »

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Madness
19 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Titus Andronicus is the strangest of Shakespeare's tragedies and the tragedy which most underlines the modern day observation that his tragedies are often comic and his comedies fairly tragic. Particularly the final chain murder has always made me laugh in the theatrical renditions and this one is definitely up to par. As for the rest of the movie, it is a mix of beautiful images, wonderful acting, rotten acting and failed attempts to surrealize an already surreal play. Anthony Hopkins is almost perfect as Titus, Colm Feore pretty good as his righteous brother and Jessica Lange intolerable as Tamora, while most of the rest range from mildly indifferent to pretty okay. As for Aaron in the shape of Harry Lennix he is actually quite convincing albeit not quite in the same league as Kenneth Brannagh who did the all time finest Shakespeare mischievery playing Iago in Othello. But Brannagh as a Moor would be downright laughable - so a compromise well turned out.

The modernisation of Shakespeare is in my opinion an impossibility. Some of his plays have a plot which makes a good basis for a modern production, but Shakespeare's absolute forté is his language and his linguistic jokes and acting in old English requires settings true to the play. That said, I think some of the scenes worked better in this surrealistic environment than they would have - scenes like Titus assembling his men for the shot at the Gods, or the messenger returning his sons' heads in a theater truck. That was novel.

As for the overall feel of this movie, only one word suffices: Madness.

  • Thomas Nielsen


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