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William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’

Alternative title
Merchant of Venice, The
Synopsis
Shakespeare adaptation directed by Michael Radford, with Jeremy Irons as Antonio and Al Pacino as Shylock.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; Luxembourg
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2005
Duration
131 mins; 11,839 feet

Credits

Producer
Barry Navidi; Cary Brokaw; Jason Piette
Cinematographer
Benoit Delhomme
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Michael Radford
Music
Jocelyn Pook
Costume
Sammy Sheldon
Art Direction
Bruno Rubeo
Cast
Lynn CollinsPortia
Kris MarshallGratiano
Al WeaverStephano
Allan CordunerTubal
Anton RodgersDuke of Venice
Antonio Gil-MartinezPrince of Arragon
Charlie CoxLorenzo
David HarewoodPrince of Morocco
Gregor FisherSolanio
Heather GoldenhershNerissa
John SessionsSalerio
Mackenzie CrookLauncelot Gobbo
Ron CookOld Gobbo
Zuleikha RobinsonJessica

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Night Waves [29/11/2004]

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget $30,000,000. The featurette on the production of the film MERCHANT OF VENICE: SHAKESPEARE THROUGH THE LENS is included as an extra on the DVD. The soundtrack of the film is also available on the Decca label.
General
Ian McKellen was originally cast as Antonio but was replaced by Jeremy Irons when shooting delays brought problems with his schedule.
Figures
US domestic total gross $3,765,585 (Box Office Mojo, 2005)

Production Company

Name

Avenue Pictures

Name

Navidi-Wilde Productions

Name

Spice Factory

Distributor

Name

MGM Home Entertainment (Europe) Ltd

Phone
020 8939 9300
Fax
020 8939 9411
Address
5 Kew Road
Richmond
TW9 2PR

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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