The Merchant of Venice, 1973 film

The Merchant of Venice is a 1973 TV adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Directed by John Sichel, the film stars Laurence Olivier as Shylock, Anthony Nicholls as Antonio, Jeremy Brett as Bassanio, Joan Plowright as Portia, Louise Purnell as Jessica.

Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh.