Titus

Theatrical Release: December 25, 1999
Titus
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Synopsis

Based on the tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” this is typical Shakespeare – containing love, hate, betrayal, vengeance, and revenge, all served up with emotional dialogue that gives the story tension and intellectual excitement. The twist here: Like 1995’s RICHARD III, the stylized setting includes a modern take. We seem to be in Rome during the time of the great Caesars, but mixed into the brew are modern anachronisms and technical inventions such as machine guns and automobiles.

Roman general Titus Andronicus returns from a victorious battle, with prisoners Tamora, queen of the defeated Goths, and her three sons. To appease the gods and his fallen comrades, Titus executes one of the sons. This causes Tamora to harbor a bit of a grudge.

The emperor pardons Tamora and her remaining offspring, and makes her his queen. With the aid of Aaron, a satanic Moor, Tamora sets out to destroy Titus and his family.

Dove Review

Content Description

No offensive language, but the gruesome brutality sometimes borders on the licentious; nudity; hedonistic party; sexual imagery; murders, implied incest; implied rape; disfigurement, as a girl has her tongue cut out and her hands cut off; a man cuts off his own hand; decapitations; a meat pie is served – made from human body parts.

Info

Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Julie Taymor
Director: Julie Taymor
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 160 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange.