William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Poster

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Release Date: December 29th, 2004

R|2 hr. 11 min.

Plot Summary
In 16th-century Venice, Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) hopes to wed Portia (Lynn Collins). But to have a chance at winning her hand in marriage, he needs to have a lot of money -- a critical resource he lacks. And because Bassanio's rich friend Antonio (Jeremy Irons) is unable to help, he's forced to make a deadly deal with pitiless moneylender Shylock (Al Pacino). Bassanio will get his money -- and without paying interest. If he doesn't pay it back, however, he will owe Shylock a pound of his flesh.

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Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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  • The film itself occasionally plods, but Pacino, tackling a tough trap of a role, raises the bar in a mesmerizing acting triumph. show more

  • Collins and Pacino plumb the depths of acting, of Shakespeare, of the difference between law and justice. show more

  • Pacino gives a keenly measured performance, leading an excellent British cast through their paces in a richly colorful production that should please selective audiences and adds to the list of major film adaptations of Shakespeare's work. show more

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