- Release Date:December 29th, 2004
- Starring: 20 more cast & crew »
- Meter: 100% 72%
- Director:Michael Radford
- Writer:William Shakespeare, Michael Radford
- Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Official Site:sonypictures.com/classics/merchantofvenice
- Runtime:2 hours 07 minutes
- Box Office:$3,752,725
In Venice, young Bassanio needs a loan of 3,000 ducats so he can properly woo a wealthy heiress of Venice named Portia. To get the necessary funds, Bassanio approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio's money, unfortunately, is invested in merchant ships that are presently at sea; however, to help Bassanio, Antonio arranges for a short-term loan of the money from Shylock, a Jewish usurer. Shylock has a deep-seated hatred for Antonio because of the insulting treatment that Antonio has shown him in the past. When pressed, Shylock strikes a frightening bargain in wicked humor: the 3,000 ducats must be repaid in three months, or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. The merchant agrees to this, confident in the return of his ships before the appointed date of repayment... More »
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