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The Merchant of Venice (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 7 October 1973
Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment ... See full summary »

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Shylock
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Portia
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Bassanio
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Gratiano
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Antonio
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Nerissa
Louise Purnell ...
Jessica
Malcolm Reid ...
Lorenzo
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Prince of Aragon
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Duke of Venice
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Prince of Morocco
Kenneth MacKintosh ...
Tubal
Barry James ...
Salerio
Michael Tudor Barnes ...
Solanio
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Launcelot Gobbo
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Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh. This is a video of the 1970 National Theatre stage production with most of the same cast. Written by Kathy Li

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Version of Zalim Saudagar (1941) See more »

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Excellent Adaption with Solid Performances
20 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This version was set in the early 1900's to give the book a more different feel. The Merchant of Venice would have to be my favorite Shakespeare book and this TV movie would have to be the best out of all the movies I've seen on the Merchant of Venice. It should be noted that the main roles in the film are of top calibre Actors who really perform well, especially Laurence Olivier who did a fantastic job of playing Shylock the Jew.

The only over acting would have to come from Prince Arragon and Morocco who definitely go over the top (and I don't think anyone whose read the book would imagine Prince Arragon to be 80 years old)

Apart from that slight hiccup from the Slump duo the film is worth watching and is ideal for anyone who wants to study the book or rehearse The Merchant of Venice


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