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The Merchant of Venice (1980)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 17 December 1980
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:

Jack Gold

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Antonio
John Rhys-Davies ... Salerio
Alan David Alan David ... Solanio
John Nettles ... Bassanio
Richard Morant ... Lorenzo
Kenneth Cranham ... Gratiano
Gemma Jones ... Portia
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Nerissa
Daniel Mitchell Daniel Mitchell ... Balthasar
Warren Mitchell ... Shylock
Marc Zuber ... Prince of Morocco
Enn Reitel ... Launcelot Gobbo
Joe Gladwin ... Old Gobbo
Roger Martin Roger Martin ... Leonardo
Leslee Udwin Leslee Udwin ... Jessica
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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

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The backcloths were used to suggest locale, without photographic representationalism. They imply air, water, sea, hills, and a city, but never actually show anything specific. See more »

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Version of Masterpiece Classic: The Merchant of Venice (2001) See more »

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beats Larry hands down
11 April 2007 | by thetrevSee all my reviews

Warren Mitchell's portrayal is amazing. Rather than the over-playing of Olivier Mitchell shows a man who is loathed by all and yet is also obviously a product of this loathing. His shifts between pleasure and pain, glory and defeat, hatred and hurting are superb.

A previous poster comments on Mitchell's accent. fair enough, but why just pick on his. All the others should be speaking Italian. Mitchell's Yiddish accent is fine and, for the most part, resists the urge to go 100% comic.

Another poster wrote of the production failing to 'resolve the antisemitic overtones of the play'. So what? Antisemitism has never been resolved and it certainly wasn't in the play... nor, do I feel, was it meant to be. We feel little sympathy for the 'winners' in this piece. Their own virulent antisemitism has been shown and the creation of it, Shylock's twisted avenger, is also obvious.

What surprised me was how, even though I knew the play, Portia came across as the biggest, self-righteous cow in the piece. I had never thought of how the caskets could refer to her when the matter of outer beauty housing less than beautiful things. This beautiful woman has a heart of stone towards the Jew and the foreigners.


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