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The Merchant of Venice - Movie Synopsis & Plot

William Shakespeare's play is adapted to the big screen, telling the tale of a man named Bassanio who need 3,000 ducats to attract an heiress named Portia to Venice. To acquire this money, he goes to his friend Antonio, but he lacks the funds so he turns to Shylock instead. Shylock promises to give him the money if he in turn promises to repay him within 3 months - otherwise, Shylock will be allowed to remove a pound of Antonio's flesh.

MOVIE REVIEW

I've never seen Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" acted out on stage, nor have I read it. I don't know what makes a truly inspiring adaptation of the play work, but this latest version is surprisingly well done. Given the star power contained within it's amazing that this movie didn't attract more attention.
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