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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Al Pacino
Joseph Fiennes
Jeremy Irons
Kris Marshall
Zuleikha Robinson
Lynn Collins
Directors
Michael Radford
Screenwriters
Michael Radford
Running Time
138 minutes

The Merchant of Venice
Pacino is out for his pound of flesh


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Plot
In order to woo the lovely Portia, penniless Venetian gent Bassanio turns to his friend, successful merchant Antonio , to stump up a dowry. To insure the deal, they turn to Jewish lender Shylock, who, stung by years of abuse, demands a pound of Antonio’s flesh as collateral...


Verdict
It veers from real conviction to panto, but Radford is clearly committed to the play's relevance, while Pacino, the Shakespeare addict, is a joy to watch.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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