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The Merchant of Venice (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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John Sichel

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Shylock
Joan Plowright ... Portia
Jeremy Brett ... Bassanio
Michael Jayston ... Gratiano
Anthony Nicholls ... Antonio
Anna Carteret ... Nerissa
Louise Purnell Louise Purnell ... Jessica
Malcolm Reid Malcolm Reid ... Lorenzo
Charles Kay ... Prince of Aragon
Benjamin Whitrow ... Duke of Venice
Stephen Greif ... Prince of Morocco
Kenneth MacKintosh Kenneth MacKintosh ... Tubal
Barry James Barry James ... Salerio
Michael Tudor Barnes Michael Tudor Barnes ... Solanio
Denis Lawson ... 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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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Excellent Adaption with Solid Performances
20 August 2000 | by jol-4See 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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