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BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 14

The Merchant of Venice

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Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1980 on BBC Two
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The Merchant of Venice
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The Merchant of Venice is the 1980 BBC Television production of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy. The play involves a young but money poor noble, Bassiano (John Nettles), who wants to marry Portia (Gemma Jones), but needs his friend Antonio (John Franklyn-Robbins) to borrow funds from the Jewish merchant Shylock (Warren Mitchell). When Shylock demands "a pound of flesh" as repayment, the young lovers must fight in a court of law to save Antonio's life.moreless

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    Marc Zuber

    Marc Zuber

    Prince of Morocco

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    Enn Reitel

    Enn Reitel

    Launcelot Gobbo

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    Christopher Hurst

    Christopher Hurst

    Serving Lad

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      • Shylock: He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

      • Tubal: One of them showed me a ring that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
        Shylock: Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal, it was my turquoise. I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.

      • Shylock: I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?

      • Lorenzo: The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.

      • Prince of Morocco: All that glisters is not gold.

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