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The Merchant of Venice (3-Sep-2004)

Director: Michael Radford

Writer: Michael Radford

From a play by: William Shakespeare

Music by: Jocelyn Pook

Producers: Cary Brokaw; Barry Navidi; Jason Piette; Michael Lionello Cowan

Keywords: Drama, Comedy

A 16th-century Venice merchant is forced to suffer the gruesome consequences of defaulting on a loan.

Aristocratic Venice merchant Bassanio's profligate lifestyle leaves him in financial ruin, forced to seek out a loan to save himself and win the heart or ravishing socialite Portia. Bassanio is refused help by confidant Antonio, his money invested in a sailing expedition; desperate, he resorts to reviled Jewish money-changer Shylock for assistance, agreeing to a strange interest-free loan requiring the sacrifice of "a pound of flesh" if he fails to pay it back in full in three months' time. Bassanio is eventually faced with the prospect of paying his gruesome debt to Shylock just as Antonio's nautical endeavor goes south, forcing Portia's hand to save the day.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lynn Collins
16-May-1977   X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Charlie Cox
21-Dec-1982   Stardust
Mackenzie Crook
29-Sep-1971   Gareth Keenan on The Office
Joseph Fiennes
27-May-1970   Shakespeare in Love
Jeremy Irons
19-Sep-1948   Dead Ringers
Kris Marshall
1973   The Most Fertile Man in Ireland
Al Pacino
25-Apr-1940   Michael Corleone in The Godfather


Al Pacino   ...   Shylock
Jeremy Irons   ...   Antonio
Joseph Fiennes   ...   Bassanio
Lynn Collins   ...   Portia
Zuleikha Robinson   ...   Jessica
Kris Marshall   ...   Gratiano
Charlie Cox   ...   Lorenzo
Heather Goldenhersh   ...   Nerissa
Mackenzie Crook   ...   Launcelot Gobbo
John Sessions   ...   Salerio
Gregor Fisher   ...   Solanio
Ron Cook   ...   Old Gobbo
Allan Corduner   ...   Tubal
Anton Rodgers   ...   The Duke
David Harewood   ...   Prince of Morocco
Antonio Gil-Martinez   ...   Aragon
Al Weaver   ...   Stephano
Norbert Konne   ...   Doctor Bellario
Marc Maas   ...   Cush
Jean-François Wolff   ...   German Count
Pieter Riemens   ...   English Baron
Stephan Koziak   ...   Soldier
Tom Leick   ...   French Nobleman
Jules Werner   ...   Franciscan Friar
Tony Schiena   ...   Leonardo
Julian Nest   ...   Clerk


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