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Coriolanus Synopsis

A contemporary version of Shakespeare's dangerous political thriller.

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. Coriolanus and Aufidius march on Rome intending to destroy the city. Volumnia appeals to her son. He tries to reject her but eventually breaks. Aufidius, feeling bitterly betrayed, brutally murders Coriolanus.


Production images from Coriolanus

  • Credits
    • Starring:
      Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt, Jessica Chastain
    • Director:
      Ralph Fiennes
    • Producers:
      Colin Vaines, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Gabrielle Tana, Ralph Fiennes, John Logan
    • Screenplay:
      John Logan
    • Executive Producers:
      Anthony Buckner, Christopher Figg, Christine Langan, Norman Merry, Marko Miskovic, Robert Whitehouse, Will Young
    • Distributor
    • Sales Agent:
      Icon Entertainment International
    • Credits summary:
      Hermetof Pictures, Kalkronkie LLP and Icon Entertainment International present in association with Magna Films, Atlantic Swiss Productions Ltd, Lipsync Productions LLP, BBC Films and Artemis Films, Magnolia Mae Films, and Synchronistic Pictures a Lonely Dragon Production. A film by Ralph Fiennes.
    • Certificate:
      15 mins
    • Running time:
      122 mins 53 secs
  • Release Dates
    • In Cinemas
      January 20th 2012
    • Out on DVD
      May 2nd 2012
    • Released
      January 20th 2012

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