MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,100 this week

The Merchant of Venice (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  17 December 1980 (UK)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 162 users  
Reviews: 11 user

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 438 titles
created 29 Jun 2011
 
a list of 2310 titles
created 20 May 2012
 
a list of 9999 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 728 titles
created 28 Apr 2013
 
a list of 54 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1980)

The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Merchant of Venice.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Macbeth (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Brenda Bruce, Eileen Way, Anne Dyson
Bergerac (1981–1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: David Attwood
Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard E. Grant
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Rodney Bennett
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The swaggering Petruchio, eager to wive it wealthily in Padua, agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Simon Chandler, Anthony Pedley, John Franklyn-Robbins
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Noble
Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings, Desmond Barrit
Julius Caesar (1950)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: David Bradley
Stars: Harold Tasker, Charlton Heston, David Bradley
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Alan Horrox
Stars: Ashley Artus, Caroline Catz, Haydn Gwynne
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

The story of a young noblewoman in love with a man she cannot marry. In her struggle, she must confront the most infamous of all Jewish characters: Shylock demands his pound of flesh.

Director: Douglas Morse
Stars: Stephanie Bain, Laura Bates, Lizzy Carter
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John Sichel
Stars: Andrew Czaplejewski, David Diamond, Trish Grange
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Stars: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, Douglas Gerrard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
...
Alan David ...
...
Richard Morant ...
...
...
Susan Jameson ...
Daniel Mitchell ...
...
Marc Zuber ...
...
Joe Gladwin ...
Roger Martin ...
Leslee Udwin ...
Jessica
Edit

Storyline

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange will: only the man that picks the correct casket out of three (silver, gold, and lead) can marry her. Bassanio, unfortunately, is strapped for cash with which to go wooing, and Antonio wants to help, so Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, the money-lender. But Shylock has been nursing a grudge against Antonio's insults, and makes unusual terms to the loan. And when Antonio's business fails, those terms threaten his life, and it's up to Bassanio and Portia to save him. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD edition)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First screen appearance of Kenneth Branagh (uncredited). See more »

Connections

Featured in Shylock (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Negative, probably scathing.
6 February 2000 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

This has to be the least imaginative rendition of a Shakespeare play I have ever seen. Actors in Elizabethan costume - w ho remain largely immobile throughout - recite Shakespeare's verse with about as much passion as if it were a shopping list. Jack Gold makes no attempt to resolve the anti-semitic overtones of the play, with Warren Mitch ell's cliched and totally unsympathetic Shylock doing nothing to help matters. Lancelot Gobbo is, frankly, just irritating. Sure, this was made by the BBC on a shoestring budget for educational purposes; it was no prime-time Friday evening piec e of television, but that is no excuse for the lack of ideas. You get the feeling that nobody was really trying, and it does not even work as an educational tool, being uninvolving that it is likely to turn kids off Sh akespeare and provides nothing for the more advanced student to comment on.


5 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How does this compare to Al Pacino version that was just stunning FlorenceLawrence
Discuss The Merchant of Venice (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?