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The Merchant of Venice

Year:
Duration:
138 min | Finland:134 min
Genres:
Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
7.1
Director:
Michael Radford
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-12-03
Filming Locations: Thiene, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Earnings
Budget: $30,000,000
Opening Weekend: $69,868 (USA) (2 January 2005)
Gross: $3,752,725 (USA) (22 May 2005)
Cast
Actor
Character
John Sessions
John Sessions
The Merchant of Venice
Lynn Collins
Lynn Collins
The Merchant of Venice
Al Pacino
Shylock
Jeremy Irons
Antonio
Joseph Fiennes
Bassanio
Zuleikha Robinson
Jessica
Kris Marshall
Gratiano
Charlie Cox
Lorenzo
Heather Goldenhersh
Nerissa
Mackenzie Crook
Launcelot Gobbo
Gregor Fisher
Solanio
Ron Cook
Old Gobbo
Allan Corduner
Tubal
Anton Rodgers
The Duke
David Harewood
Prince of Morocco
Antonio Gil
Aragon
Al Weaver
Stephano
Norbert Konne
Doctor Bellario
Marc Maes
Cush
Jean-François Wolff
German Count
Pieter Riemens
English Baron
Stéphan Koziak
Soldier
Tom Leick
French Nobleman
Jules Werner
Franciscan Friar
Tony Schiena
Leonardo
Julian Nest
Clerk
Stéphane Fragili
Venetian Nobleman (uncredited)
Paul Rockenbrod
Venetian Nobleman (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Ian McKellen was set to play Antonio, but had to drop at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts.
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Shylock's "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech is quoted in Schindler's List (1993) by Joseph Fiennes's brother, Ralph Fiennes.
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Ricky Gervais turned down the role of Launcelot Gobbo, a role which went to his The Office (2001) co-star Mackenzie Crook.
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Goofs
When the Jews are carrying the Torah around the synagogue, the prayers and garb is appropriate. The Torah would only be taken out to be read. Traditional Jews only read Torah in the morning, when the light for reading would be best before the advent of artificial lighting. Therefore the Torah would not have been out at that time of day.
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Approximately 0:02:50 into the film, camera equipment and a man with a black baseball cap w/white logo are seen on the left hand side of the frame. It's a very quick cutaway scene after a couple shots of the white balcony.
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When Portia and Nerissa arrive disguised as s judge and a clerk they have a letter with them. When the duke reads this letter out loud it can be clearly seen that there is also text written on the back of the letter. The duke, however, finishes reading the letter without turning the letter around.
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Quotes
Antonio: Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death; And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
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Bassanio: So may the outward shows be least themselves. The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt but being seasoned with a gracious voice obscures the show of evil? In religion, what damned error but some sober brow will bless it and approve it with a text, hiding the grossness with fair... ornament? Look on beauty and you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, I will none of you. Nor none of you, O pale and common drudge between man and man. But you, O meagre lead, which rather threatenest than dost promise aught, your paleness moves me more... than eloquence. Here choose I. Joy be the consequence. O love, be moderate, allay your ecstasy, I feel too much your blessing - make it less for fear I surfeit.
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Portia: If doing were as easy as knowing what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.
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Faq
Q
What changes have been made from the original play?
A
Two notable ones :1) Antonio, the merchant, is actually shown onscreen spitting at Shylock, the moneylender, at the very beginning, before the plot has even begun to develop. This serves to make him notably more unsympathetic than in the play, in which he treats Shylock more or less courteously until he is put on trial. 2) The relationship between Bassanio and Antonio is clearly homosexual, while in the play it is more ambiguous, even innocent. There is even a moment in the film (not in the play) in which Portia indicates by a look and the tone of her voice that she clearly understands that Bassanio and Antonio are former lovers.
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