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Visceral and visually striking, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus proves Shakespeare can still be both electrifying and relevant in a modern context.



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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. -- (C) Weinstein Co


Ralph Fiennes
as Caius Martius 'Coriolanus'
Gerard Butler
as Tullus Aufidius
Brian Cox
as Menenius
John Kani
as General Cominius
James Nesbitt
as Tribune Sicinius
Paul Jesson
as Tribune Brutus
Lubna Azabal
as First Citizen (Tamora)
Ashraf Barhom
as Second Citizen (Cassius)
Zoran Cica
as Citizen
Milos Dabic
as Citizen
Nicolas Isia
as Citizen
Nenad Ristic
as Citizen
Zu Yu Hua
as Citizen
Slavko Stimac
as Volsce Lieutenant
Ivan Dordevic
as Young Roman Soldier
Radovan Vujovic
as 1st Soldier
Jovan Belobrkovic
as 2nd Soldier
Dan Tana
as 1st Senator
Miodrag Milovanov
as 2nd Senator
Dragan Micanovic
as Titus Lartius
Radoslav Milenkovic
as Volsce Politician
Radomir Nikolic
as 1st Volsce Soldier
Zoran Pajic
as 2nd Volsce Soldier
Harry Fenn
as Young Martius
Dusan Janicijevic
as Old Man in Corioles
Jon Snow
as TV Anchorman
David Yelland
as TV Pundit
Andrija Maricic
as 3rd Senator
Svetislav Goncic
as 4th Senator
Uros Zdjelar
as Young Senator
Bora Nenic
as Cleaner in Corridor
Mona Hammond
as Jamaican Woman
Slobodan Pavelkic
as Young Man in Market
Dragoljub Vojnov
as Shopkeeper
Keiron Jecchinis
as TV War Correspondent
Mirko Pantelic
as Camp Barber
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  • Sep 28, 2015
    Coriolanus is unexpectedly well-played. It goes for a more natural style where the action is blended with the environment and the dialogue is acted out rather than recited. This does not come off always but it does work a surprising amount of the time. While it is not a masterpiece, Coriolanus is still a pretty damn good film and recommended to fans of Shakespeare.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    An anti-democratic Roman general battles a rival general and later creates a public relations nightmare. It's been almost two decades since I've seen or read Shakespeare's <i>Coriolanus</i>, so it's difficult to remember how the film compares to the original material. What I can say is that I got more out of the film than I remember getting out of the play. Ralph Fiennes's direction is flawless. In <i>Coriolanus</i> he creates a film first and a Shakespeare film second. With short scenes, long establishing shots, and pregnant pauses between conversations and monologues, Fiennes uses all the techniques germane to film and relies on the rich text when its most needed; his balance of film and Shakespeare's words is better than most other adaptations. Fiennes's vision of <i>Coriolanus</i> fits our time and politics. Martius's open contempt of the proletariat contrasts with the successful patricians who, sharing his contempt, lie to the people to ingratiate themselves. Thus, <i>Coriolanus</I> becomes about how people in power manipulate the masses. Fiennes gives a masterful performance, at times gritty and murderous and at other times vulnerable and weepy. Gerard Butler keeps up, and that's the best I can say while seasoned veteran Vanessa Redgrave hits her role out of the park as one of the most bad-ass Shakespearean mothers. Overall, <i>Coriolanus</i> is a tour de force for Ralph Fiennes, a too-often underrated actor and director.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    Cool modern take on Shakespeare. The battle scenes are absolutely fantastic. I like that they put their all into illustrating the conflict in these epic urban combat sequences, even though they really didn't need to. I really like that they put in the extra effort here. As a random side note, be wary of the ridiculous face close-ups, especially on Ralph Fiennes...they work well sometimes, but they're really overused, particularly at the end. Anyway, this is a good film, just not for everyone--you need to know how to read into what is being said, since the entire film is in Shakespearean English.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    Nature Teaches Beasts to Know Their Friends Decent Shakesperian based movie! Shakespeare's dramas may well be set up in a contemporary set, because the content is timeless. Here the screenplay drama is performed in its original text. The old lines sometimes are in conflict with the modern outfit, but you are quickly caught back to the drama by the violent intrigues and you become strongly affected by the deep conflicts between power and love. The war scenes are realistic and bloody. It is exciting and the outcome uncertain for the uninitiated. Ralph Fiennes both directs and plays the title role and succeeds well. He has got a star team both in front and behind the camera. The film photo by Barry Ackroyd is brilliant. The set and costumes are next to perfection. The 74-year-old Vanessa Redgrave portrays Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia, powerful and convincing. Gerard Butler as the rebel leader acts with strong charisma and realism. Additional casting is also very good. Coriolanus is a tense and violent political wartime thriller which makes Shakespeare not only accessible but utterly captivating. A credible directorial debut from one of the industry's finest working actors. The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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