One of William Shakespeare's most powerful comedies has been given a bold cinematic adaptation by Michael Radford in this film version.
16th century Venice: Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) is a young and vital member of the aristocratic classes; however, his impulsive nature and lavish lifestyle have put him deeply in debt, and he will need at least the pretence of a fortune if he is to win the hand of the beautiful Portia (Lynn Collins). His close friend Antonio (Jeremy Irons), a successful businessman, can do little to help him. To help Bassanio, Antonio turns to Shylock (Al Pacino), a Jewish money lender who will charge no monetary interest on the loan, but demands a gruesome payment instead.
USA/Italy 2004 Michael Radford 131m