January 20th 2012
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 122 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt, Ashraf Barhom, Lubna Azabal, Dragan Micanovic, Slavko Stimac, John Kani, Paul Jesson, Harry Fenn, Mirko Pantelic, Svetislav Goncic, Andreja Maricic, Miodrag Milovanov, Dragan Durkovic, Uros Zdjelar, Dusan Janicijevic, Jon Snow, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kieron Jecchinis, Slobodan Ninkovic, Radoslav Milenkovic, Elizabeta Djorevska, Slobodan Pavelkic
  • Director: Ralph Fiennes
  • Writers: John Logan, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Ralph Fiennes, John Logan, Gabrielle Tana, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Colin Vaines
  • Co Producer: Kevan Van Thompson
  • Associate Producer: Zivojin Petrovic
  • Executive Producers: Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Christopher Figg, James Gallimore, Christine Langan, Marko Miskovic, Robert Whitehouse
  • Castings: Danilo Beckovic, Jina Jay
  • Costume Design: Bojana Nikitovic
  • D.O.P.: Barry Ackroyd
  • Editor: Nicolas Gaster
  • Makeup: Daniel Parker
  • Music: Ilan Eshkeri
  • Production Design: Ricky Eyres
  • Set Decoration: Lee Gordon


A modern day adaptation of Shakespere's play. Pushed by his controlling mother to enter the Senate, valiant General Coriolanus is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot, which culminates in his expulsion from his homeland. The banished hero then allies with his sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Belgrade, Serbia; Kotor, Montenegro
  • MPAA Warning: Some bloody violence
  • Production Budget: $24 million
  • Production Companies: Atlantic Swiss Productions, Artemis Films, Hermetof Pictures, Magnolia Mae Films
  • Production Schedule: 17 March 2010 - June 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Amongst the darkest of the Bard's works, and arguably the most blood-soaked aside from "Titus Andronicus", T. S. Eliot famously called this Shakespearian tragedy superior to the more well-known "Hamlet". Certainly I've a soft spot for it as a Sydney Theatre Company's staging of it in the early 90's was the very first time I saw a Shakespeare production on stage. To this day it remains one of the writer's most divisive works with its political nuances and a prideful lead character that's difficult to pin down.

Set to add more grist to the mill is this contemporary-set adaptation that star Ralph Fiennes himself directed and filmed in Belgrade early this year. Swapping the decadence of Ancient Rome for the battle scared landscape akin to many modern war zones, battle armour has been replaced with combat fatigues and sword battles with gun fights. Yet the original dialogue remains intact, mixed with the urgency of modern filmmaking to make this a "high-octane political drama" according to an interview with Fiennes.

"Gladiator" scribe John Logan adapted the script, stripping it of its more difficult passages to deliver a visceral tale that "doesn't take any prisoners... It has no lyricism. I like that" says Fiennes. He's also deliberately avoiding linking it with modern politics, the armies are still Roman and Volscian by name but the locations are being deliberately shot to have a look that could fill in for any militarised nation.

Fiennes famous portrayed the role on stage a decade ago, while co-star Gerard Butler got his start on the stage in the play back in 1996 in a version starring Steven Berkoff. Even more exciting are the co-stars joining them, including Vanessa Redgrave as Coriolanus' mother Volumnia and Brian Cox as smooth talking politician Menenius. The film is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in March where critical response will be an important factor - it's a tough sell as well considering Julie Taymor's recent adaptation of "The Tempest" lost all its steam after drawing poor reviews at the Venice Film Festival."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 December 2011: Lebanon
  • 18 January 2012: Phillippines
  • 20 January 2012: India, Ireland, UK
  • 26 January 2012: Kazakhstan, Russia
  • 27 January 2012: Estonia, Lithuania
  • 1 February 2012: Malta
  • 2 February 2012: Armenia, Portugal
  • 25 February 2012: Japan
  • 8 March 2012: Australia
  • 2 May 2012: Sweden