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The Merchant of Venice ()


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In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome... See more »

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Shylock
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Antonio
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Bassanio
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Portia
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Jessica
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Gratiano
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Lorenzo
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Nerissa
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Launcelot Gobbo
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Salerio
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Solanio
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Old Gobbo
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Tubal
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The Duke
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Prince of Morocco
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Aragon (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
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Stephano
Norbert Konne ...
Doctor Bellario
Marc Maes ...
Cush (as Marc Maas)
Jean-François Wolff ...
German Count
Pieter Riemens ...
English Baron
Stéphan Koziak ...
Soldier
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French Nobleman
Jules Werner ...
Franciscan Friar
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Leonardo
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Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Fragili ...
Venetian Nobleman (uncredited)
Paul Rockenbrod ...
Venetian Nobleman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Radford

Written by

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William Shakespeare ... (play)
 
Michael Radford ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Andreas Bajohra ... post-production producer
Bob Bellion ... co-producer
Cary Brokaw ... producer
Michael Cowan ... producer (as Michael Lionello Cowan)
Jimmy de Brabant ... co-producer
Edwige Fenech ... co-producer
Nigel Goldsack ... co-producer
Gary Hamilton ... co-executive producer
Michael Hammer ... executive producer
Andrea Iervolino ... co-executive producer
Peter James ... executive producer
Robert Jones ... executive producer
Diego Loreggian ... line producer: Italy
Pete Maggi ... co-executive producer
Alex Marshall ... executive producer
Luciano Martino ... co-producer
Barry Navidi ... producer
Jason Piette ... producer
Bob Portal ... post-production producer
Jean-Claude Schlim ... line producer: Luxembourg
James Simpson ... executive producer
Julia Verdin ... co-executive producer
Clive Waldron ... associate producer / line producer
Paul Ward ... executive producer
Manfred Wilde ... executive producer
Robert Baruch Almagià ... assistant producer (uncredited)
Irene Masiello ... supervising producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Jocelyn Pook

Cinematography by

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Benoît Delhomme

Film Editing by

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Lucia Zucchetti

Editorial Department

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Andrea Chiozzotto ... second assistant editor
Perry Gibbs ... colorist: mastering
Alec Gibson ... color timer
Eddy Kolkiewicz ... negative cutter
Alexandra Kosevic ... post-production coordinator
Andrew Robinson ... negative cutter
Pani Scott ... first assistant editor (as Pani Ahmadi-Moore)

Casting By

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Sharon Howard-Field

Production Design by

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Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by

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Jon Bunker
Tamara Marini

Set Decoration by

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Gillie Delap

Costume Design by

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Sammy Sheldon

Makeup Department

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Anna Brangaitis ... hair stylist: Luxembourg / makeup artist: Luxembourg
Ann Buchanan ... hair designer / makeup designer
Nuala Conway ... hair stylist: Italy / makeup artist: Itlay
Aurélie Elich ... makeup artist
Lorraine Hill ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Josy Howard ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Claudine Moureaud ... hair stylist: Luxembourg / makeup artist: Luxembourg
Helen Speyer ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Béatrice Stephany ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Xanthia White ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Luca Fortunato Asquini ... unit manager
Tommaso Dabala ... unit manager
Ragna Arny Larusdottir ... production manager: Luxembourg
Philip James Morgan ... unit manager: Luxembourg
Rosanna Roditi ... production manager: Italy
Elena Zokas ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Emilie Cherpitel ... second assistant director
John Dodds ... first assistant director
Stefan Magnusson ... third assistant director
Carlo Paramidani ... second second assistant director: Italy
Jim Probyn ... third assistant director: Luxembourg
Chris Rose ... first assistant director
Jordan Stone ... first assistant director: Italy
Andrei von Kamarowsky ... trainee assistant director: Luxembourg

Art Department

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Alex Aitken ... head plasterer
Benoît Bechet ... draftsman
Matteo Bertelli ... painter
Klaus Bienen ... carpenter
Steve Clarke ... hod painter
Dave Coldham ... plasterer: Luxembourg
Tracey Curtis ... modeller
Paolo Cusin ... buyer / property assistant / props
Micky de Matos Cadete ... assistant plasterer
Eric De Wulf ... painter
Manuel Demoulling ... assistant set decorator
Fabien Domange ... carpenter
Ron Downing ... property master
Thomas Ferrandis ... carpenter
Tomislav Findrik ... storyboard artist
Nicola Gomiero ... property assistant
Toby Hawkes ... modeller
Neil Hearfield ... painter
Malin Lindholm ... stand-by art director
Frinn Lorenz ... stand-by carpenter
John Maher ... construction manager
Meike Maher ... art department coordinator
Tamara Marini ... art director: Italy
François Mast ... carpenter
Pascal Mievis ... carpenter
David Orlandelli ... storyboard artist
William Overstall ... plasterer
Edouard Pallardy ... painter decorator
Julie Philpott ... draughtsman
Yair Popritkin ... props
Manu Poupard ... chargehand stand by props / chargehand stand-by props
Barbara Prati ... painter
Olivier Printz ... assistant property master
Lorenzo Sartor ... carpenter
Fabrice Spelta ... draughtsperson
Chaim Stavenuiter ... carpenter foreman / stand-by decorator
Otfried Suppin ... art department assistant
Jan Willem van der Schoot ... carpenter
Andreas Well ... carpenter
Olivier Wojcik ... scenic painter

Sound Department

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Tim Alban ... dubbing mixer / foley supervisor
Antonia Bates ... dialogue editor
Richard Davey ... dubbing mixer / second re-recording engineer
Paul Davies ... supervising sound editor
Anthony Faust ... adr mixer
Jack Gillies ... assistant sound editor
Alain Goniva ... boom operator
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Jake Jackson ... mixed by: assistant
Christian Koefoed ... sound effects editor
Richard Kondal ... assistant dialogue editor
Adam Noble ... mixed by: assistant
Haresh Patel ... foley editor
Andre Schmidt ... supervising dialogue editor
James Seddon ... dolby consultant
Brian Simmons ... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt ... adr coordinator

Special Effects by

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Tiberio Angeloni ... special effects
Alain Couty ... special effects coordinator
Franco Galiano ... special effects
Clive R. Kay ... special effects contact lenses
Lawrence Michael ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Tim Baxter ... film recording
Neil Culley ... digital artist
Sean Farrow ... visual effects supervisor (as Sean H. Farrow)
David Gibbons ... digital artist
Mick Harper ... digital artist
Barrie Hemsley ... visual effects producer
Sarah Hemsley ... production and operations
Richard Higham ... digital artist
Robin Huffer ... digital artist
Anna V. James ... visual effects coordinator (as Anna Panton)
Tim Jones ... digital artist
Simon Leech ... digital artist
Warren J. Mills ... digital I/O
Alberto Montañés ... digital artist
Nick New ... digital artist
Jeff North ... digital artist
Dylan Penhale ... digital systems manager
Rupert Smith ... production and operations
Paul Tuersley ... digital artist

Stunts

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Andy Bennett ... stunt arranger / stunts
Samir Bezzah ... stunts
Steve Griffin ... stunt coordinator
Rob Hunt ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Werner Bacciu ... key grip: Italy
Etienne Braun ... still photographer
Sonny Burdis ... best boy
Hélène Coker ... video assist operator
Guillaume De Esteban ... film loader
Hanoi De La Paz ... lighting technician
Gilbert Degrand ... electrician
Giovanni Di Gaetano ... electrician (as Giovanni De Gaetano)
Kevin Dresse ... electrician
Ingo Gardner ... balloon light technician
Cristiano Giavedoni ... co-gaffer
Max Jacoby ... clapper loader: "b" camera / clapper loader: second unit
Graham Johnston ... first assistant camera: "b" camera / first assistant camera: second unit
Oliver Krupke ... electrician
Onx Narang ... desk operator (as Onkar Narang)
Martin Neuse ... electrician
Christian Pannrucker ... lighting
Elvis Pasqual ... electrician
Thierry Ramanana ... grip
Jako Raybaut ... camera operator: "b" camera / cinematographer: second unit
Jean-François Roqueplo ... head key grip
Angelo Russo ... electrician
David Smith ... gaffer
Théodore Theodorides ... clapper loader: "a" camera
Stéphane Thiry ... grip
Dean Thompson ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Valérie Wery ... grip
Tim Wiley ... rigging gaffer

Casting Department

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Abigail Barbier ... adr voice casting
Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Tiziana Kinkela ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charlotte-Rose Armstrong ... assistant costume designer (as Charlotte-Rose Kay)
Frieda Basso Boccabella ... wardrobe trainee
Catherine Buyse Dian ... wardrobe supervisor
Giancarlo Colis ... assistant costume designer
Anna Kovacevic ... key costumer
Sharon McCormack ... costume cutter
David Otzen ... costume assistant
Katia Scarpa ... wardrobe assistant
Jovana Sujdovic ... wardrobe assistant
Aleksandra Valozic ... wardrobe assistant
Nigel Boyd ... costumer (uncredited)
Sandra O'Toole ... costume textile artist (uncredited)

Location Management

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Fabrizio Cerato ... location manager
Stefano Dalla Lana ... location assistant
Pascale Noël ... location assistant
David Morais Rocas ... location assistant
Mannes Steve ... location trainee
Stephane Wasila ... location manager

Music Department

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Siobhan Armstrong ... musicians: Triple Harp
Laurence Aston ... musicians: Management for Jocelyn Pook
Caroline Balding ... musicians: Baroque String Quartet
Jon Banks ... musicians: Qanun
Pavlo Beznosiuk ... musicians: Baroque String Quartet (as Pavlo Besnosiuk)
Harvey Brough ... additional score arranger / arrangement: additional music / associate music producer / musicians: Psaltery, Guitar, Voice
Rachel Byrt ... musicians: Baroque String Quartet
Luys De Narváes ... composer: additional music
Baroque Strings Quartet Ensemble ... performer
Tristan Fry ... musicians: Timpani and Percussion
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts ... musician (as His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts)
Jake Jackson ... assistant score mixing engineer / score recordist
David Juritz ... musicians: String Ensemble Leader / violin
Elizabeth Kenny ... musicians: Theorbo, Lute
Libera ... musicians: Boys Choir
Haresh Patel ... music editor
Jocelyn Pook ... music producer
Robert Prizeman ... choir director / choir director: Libera
John Sachs ... music supervisor
Clara Sanabras ... arrangement: additional music / musicians: Voice, Lute, Baroque Guitar, Oud
Hilary Skewes ... musician contractor
Belinda Sykes ... musician: Shawm, Daf
Pamela Thorby ... musicians: Recorders
Richard Tunnicliffe ... musicians: Baroque String Quartet
Nick Wollage ... mixed by / score mixing engineer / score recordist
Uri Yehuda ... vocals: additional music

Transportation Department

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Luca Fortunato Asquini ... transportation manager: Italy
Alessandra Asta ... transportation assistant
Lionel Delcroix ... props driver
Svet Hrouchoff ... additional driver
Simon Jones ... driver: Al Pacino, UK
Gaby Meyers ... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller ... truck driver
Gary Sharp ... driver: cast
Kevan Willis ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Denver Beattie ... assistant: Al Pacino, Italy
Nicky Bell ... assistant: Mr. Radford
Bob Bellion ... financial manager
Shirine Best ... development assistant
Corrina Bonicelli ... technical advisor
Alexandre Brown ... production assistant
Deborah Cesana ... set runner
Erasmo Colucci ... production accountant
Veronica Coppola ... assistant production coordinator
Lou Crisa ... special assistant and security: Mr. Pacino
Warren Demer ... assistant accountant
Bernardo Galli ... assistant accountant: Italy
Ambroise Gayet ... production assistant
Judy Geletko ... administrator: Avenue Pictures
Geoffrey Goodman ... assistant: Mr. Brokaw
Matteo Gottardis ... unit manager assistant: Italy
Linda Gregory ... financial controller
Nicole Gregory ... unit publicist
Monica Hayford ... assistant to producer: UK
Mel Hider ... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Patrick Hoffmann ... production assistant
Polly Hope ... assistant production coordinator
Brittany Hymore ... assistant: Mr. Pacino, Italy
Myke Ismaël ... extras assistant (as Myke Ismael)
Tim Judge ... executive assistant: Mr. Pacino
Patricia Kretschmer ... assistant: Mr. De Brabant, Luxembourg
Emily Kyriakides ... assistant to producer: UK
Antonella Longato ... production assistant
Robert Longobardi ... production accountant (as Roberto Longobardi)
Nadia Mattera ... assistant: Mr. Navidi
Jack Murphy ... movement coach
Alessandro Palestro ... set production assistant
Jessica Reavis ... stand-in
Laurence Rexter-Baker ... assistant: Mr. Pacino, Luxembourg
Debbie Rothstein ... legal assistant
Andrea Santuari ... production assistant
Adelaide Scardino ... assistant: Mr. Brokaw
Shalom Shabazi ... poet
Emma Short ... assistant production accountant
Lucy Shuttleworth ... development executive
Anita Tomaselli ... production coordinator: Italy
Sophie Treacher ... production coordinator: Luxembourg
Emma Tweed ... assistant: Mr. Radford
Tim Van Rellim ... production executive
Fabrizio Weiss ... unit production assistant
Beverly Winston ... script supervisor
Federico Demontis ... assistant to co-executive producer (uncredited)
Pietro Dioni ... assistant to co-executive producer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Marlon Brando ... special thanks
Danny Huston ... special thanks
Radica Jovicic ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Venice, 1596. Melancholy Antonio loves the youthful Bassanio, so when Bassanio asks for 3000 ducats, Antonio says yes before knowing it's to sue for the hand of Portia. His capital tied up in merchant ships at sea, Antonio must go to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender he reviles. Shylock wraps his grudge in kindness, offering a three-month loan at no interest, but if not repaid, Antonio will owe a pound of flesh. The Jew's daughter elopes with a Christian, whetting Shylock's hatred. While Bassanio's away wooing Portia, Antonio's ships founder, and Shylock demands his pound of flesh. With court assembled and a judgment due, Portia swings into action to save Bassanio's friend. Written by

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Also Known As
  • William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (United States)
  • Il mercante di Venezia (Italy)
  • Le marchand de Venise (France)
  • Der Kaufmann von Venedig (Germany)
  • El mercader de Venecia (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $69,868, 02 Jan 2005
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $32,000,000, 06 May 2016

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Trivia The bare-breasted prostitutes were not put in the film to make it more risqué, but rather to add a note of historical authenticity. Venetian law at the time required all prostitutes to bare their breasts because the Christian authorities were concerned about rampant homosexuality in their city. See more »
Goofs In a couple of occasions the name "Mexico" comes up. While Mexico was officially called "New Spain" while it was under Spanish rule (such as the time the movie is set in) in practice "New Spain" and "Mexico" were used interchangeably (hence why the colony directly north of New Spain was called New Mexico, for example). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 'Merchant of Venice': Shakespeare Through the Lens (2005). See more »
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Quotes Shylock: I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
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