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One of William Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, Titus Andronicus was staged in New York by award-winning theatrical director Julie Taymor in an acclaimed 1995 production, before her widely praised Broadway version of Julie Taymor. Taymor revisits that production for her first motion picture, with the addition of a star-studded cast. Roman General Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins) has returned from defeating the Goths in a bloody battle, but the victory has left him with mixed feelings, as the war took the lives of several of his sons. Titus is reminded by his first-born son Lucius (Angus Macfadyen) that their faith demands the sacrifice of an enemy prisoner as a gift to the gods for their victory. Titus chooses the eldest son of Tamora (Jessica Lange), the Queen of the Goths, who has since been taken hostage by Titus's troops. Tamora pleads for her son's life, but Titus goes ahead with the sacrifice. She then becomes the lover of the new emperor of Rome, Saturninus (Alan Cumming), a weak-willed and corrupt man. Tamora uses her connection to the throne for her own ends: in retaliation for the death of her son, Tamora and her surviving sons, Chiron (Jonathan Rhys Myers) and Demetrius (Matthew Rhys), brutally rape Titus's beloved daughter, Lavinia (Laura Fraser). This act sets in motion an ever-tightening spiral of revenge and retaliation that leaves few of the participants unscathed. The supporting cast includes Colm Feore as Marcus, Harry Lennix as Aaron, and James Frain as Bassianus. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1999


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milena Canonero Best Costume Design 1999 Nominee


Anthony Hopkins
as Titus Andronicus
Jessica Lange
as Tamora
Alan Cumming
as Saturninus
Harry J. Lennix
as Aaron
Colm Feore
as Marcus
Angus MacFadyen
as Lucius
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
as Chiron
Matthew Rhys
as Demetrius
Laura Fraser
as Lavinia
James Frain
as Bassianus
Osheen Jones
as Young Lucius
Kenny Doughty
as Quintus
Blake Ritson
as Mutius
Constantine Gregory
as Aemilius
Colin Wells
as Martius
Geraldine McEwan
as Nurse


Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor
Jody Patton
Conchita Airoldi
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Julie Taymor
Luciano Tovoli
Elliot Goldenthal
Composer (Music Score)
Françoise Bonnot
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Massimo Razzi
Art Director
Pier Luigi Basile
Supervising Art Director
Domenico Sica
Art Director
Adam Leipzig
Michiyo Yoshizaki
Karen L. Thorson
Associate Producer
Brad Moseley
Associate Producer
Mark Bisgeier
Associate Producer
Robbie Little
Executive Producer
Ellen Dinerman Little
Executive Producer
Stephen K. Bannon
Executive Producer
Paul G. Allen
Executive Producer
Carlo Gervasi
Set Designer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Blake Leyh
Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Brandt
First Assistant Director
Guy Travers
First Assistant Director
Irene Lamb
Ellen Lewis
Kent Houston
Visual Effects Supervisor
Blake Leyh
Sound Editor