The Merchant of Venice


A new look at Shakespeare's classic, with an eye on modern school audiences. For those not familiar with the plot, a young merchant borrows some money from a Jewish moneylender, with a strict penalty clause. When he is unable to repay the debt, the Jew insists on the penalty, since the merchant had previously been nasty to him. This leads to a court case, where the merchant's lover puts in a surprise appearance.


130 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13.
Comedy, Drama.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris Marshall
Director
Michael Radford
ScreenplayMichael Radford, from the play by William Shakespeare
MusicJocelyn Pook
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2004
Produced bySpice Factory Ltd, UK Film Council, Film Fund Luxembourg, Delux Productions, Immagine e Cinema, Insitutio Luce, Avenue Pictures Productions, Navidi-Wilde Productions Ltd, 39 McLaren St Sydney, Dania Film

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudicePrejudice in terms of portrayal of Jews
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

iAfrica.com
Nils van der Linden
13
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
12
Sowetan
Tankiso Komane
13
The Star
Philip Kennicott
14
Cape Argus
George Makin
5
Die Burger
Jeanne Hugo
10
Cape Times
Kevin Thomas
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman
15
Box Office
Shlomo Schwartzberg
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
13
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
15
BBC
Neil Smith
10

What the People say

Internet
2257 Netizens
15

Average .. 63%

13




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