The Merchant of Venice (2004)

The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Director Michael Radford

Writer William Shakespeare (play), Michael Radford (screenplay)

Genre Drama, Romance

Year 2004

Actors Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins

IMDB : 7.1 (30,400 votes)


Description 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.


  • DramaFreak02 2009-02-12 06:03:59
    im reading this book right now in class...the modern language is kinda hard to understand
  • Kaight Con 2007-12-12 02:14:26
    i agree! actually, in the special feature of the film, the person who played bassanio was saying that the relationship between two men was held in such a high esteem back then, and was really different than modern friendships... the kiss between the two was merely a friend-love type gesture, as it was acceptable back then. and i liked the way shylock was portrayed, definitely evoked sympathy (especially at the end)
  • thatdrattedcat 2007-10-24 15:38:38
    Okay, I have to admit... the movie looks cheeseball but I still really want to see it.
  • k1wibaby 2007-10-08 04:27:12
    It's a comedy, but a lot of the humour in it is really hard for a 21st century audience to understand, especially the whole "Gobbo" scene. It is a good storyline in that it looks at anti-semitism in a way that other plays and stories hadn't really before.
  • Janiqua 2007-08-29 20:57:52
    OMG! That looks so good! I have to see it! We're about to read it in school and I had no idea what it was about, but it looks incredible!
  • Atia 2007-08-21 13:14:20
    maan i luv it so much. we r doin it at skool now and we r watching the production. godddddddd it is so boring but this one is FABILOUS. i luv it so much n i luv the charcter bassanio n shylock !!
  • Atia 2007-08-13 13:57:34
    omg we doin this at skool soooooo boring to read. probarbly because of the language. i just dont understand it. the movie looks good. i think it would be waaaay better then the book . its a must see for ppl who hav read and studied the book . !!!!
  • April J 2007-08-11 21:45:40
    I had to learn this 4 my gcse's ,i was really bad it lol It confuses me 2 much and i wasnt the only 1 to say it!!
  • NGS712 2007-07-13 05:17:21
    Does anyone here recommend reading the play itself first or watching the movie first?
  • LughLongArm 2007-07-09 14:57:20
    this is one of the best jewels of world literature and the movie is perfect, thank you very much for posting!
  • Decrid 2007-06-03 16:02:15
    lol, yeah
  • Decrid 2007-06-03 16:02:04
  • Regine Riviere 2007-04-29 00:46:17
    isn't that play supposed to be a comedy?
  • doodoostickstain 2007-03-05 22:50:35
    Nice. Good movie too.

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