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Genres Drama Thriller
Running Time 122 min
MPAA rating R (for some bloody violence)
Release Date Jan 20, 2012
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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus', 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 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… Show more

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During the opening scenes of Ralph Fiennes’s scalding new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,’’ you may look around in shock: Is this the evening news or what? Furious crowds surge through graffitied European streets burning cars and protesting austerity measures; riot squads wield deadly force with shield and truncheon; a cold-eyed strongman named Caius Martius (Fiennes) tells the mob they all can go to hell. This is not Greece, nor Egypt, nor Syria, but “a place called Rome.’’ Not coincidentally, that rhymes with “home,’’ which is where this movie thunderingly brings the play’s concerns.

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