Pound of Flesh

Synopsis: Based on true events: Noah Melville (Malcolm McDowell), a popular college professor and confirmed sensualist, provides scholarships for gorgeous college girls through an escort service, whose satisfied clients include the chairman of the school board (Timothy Bottoms), the chief of police, and even the Mayor of their idyllic college town.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Tamar Simon Hoffs
Production: eOne Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


Sex - the world's oldest profession...

...and the only one in which women

are paid more than men,

which explains why men

were so quick to make it illegal.

No. you got to let me go.

I gotta go.

Please stop! No!

What are you doing?


Chapter One...

The first day of the term.

My favorite day of the year...

Young women with glowing faces,

and not-so-innocent smiles.

Ah, yes,

the ladies of Barden College.

These are the kind of women,

regardless of what they do at night,

they wake up as virgins

in the morning.

Well, some of them do.

Heave, ho

The world we go

Fast, slow

A pain until we flow

You take me home just so you know

You got to quid pro quo

You and me, interchangeably

Make sure

We're the recipes

Because we can both agree

Nothing is for free

I want to know

What makes you go

Oh, oh

'Cause I get satisfaction when you

Oh, I won't go, you won't go

I won't cage me

in this cage again and see

Eenie, meenie, miney, moe

Barden College.

- Catch this kitty by the toe...

A paradise for men who love women.

If she purrs then you will know...

And then there were the cops.

you, "numb nuts".

This is outrageous.

I want to see the Chief now.

Chief's out. He's playing golf.

Then find me the a**hole

who wrote me this ticket.

I'm the a**hole, sir.

It's illegal to park in front of City Hall.

Well, it's not illegal for me to park in front of

City Hall. I'm the Mayor, for Christ's sake!

You're Detective Kelly?

- Yeah.

So you're Sergeant Ferraro, huh?

Call me Beck if it's more convenient.

Eh, Sergeant's fine.


you need this?

- What's that?

The details of your hearing?

- Yeah.

I read it already... pretty unpleasant.


Oh, yeah, don't start with that crap.

you may be a Detective,

but I'm you're commanding officer.

you work for me.

The Chief was only willing to

take the risk on those conditions...

...and if you have a problem with that,

you should register a complaint now.

Why would I have a problem?

Well, some guys don't like

working for women.

Hey, what's not to like, huh?

I know you f***ed on your lastjob.

I know your wife ran off. I know a lot

of sh*t you don't want to talk about.

You're lucky to have this job.

I figured...

...you'd be grateful enough

to try to fit in.

I hope you won't miss your big city

drug busts and gang-land hits.

I'm done with the drug dealers.

I guess killing one would do that to you.

I was cleared of that.

Ah, and you don't want to talk about it.

I'm a very good detective, Sergeant.

That file isn't going to tell you

the whole picture, okay?

I do what needs to get done.



Welcome to Fourth Term Shakespeare.

I'm Noah Melville,

and you can call me "Sir".

No, I'm kidding.

Call me whatever you want.


"A pound of flesh

which I demand of him...

...is dearly bought.

'Tis mine and I will have it."

All right, first context.

What century is

William Shakespeare writing in?


Oh, you all know this.


Care to join us?

yes. Thanks.

Shakespeare's century is actually

the Sixteenth and Seventeenth.

you're absolutely right.

William Shakespeare was born

in 1564, died in 1616.

You don't have to write that down

because it's immaterial.

It's what comes

in between that counts!

Let's start from the beginning,

shall we?

We're going to read a little bit

of "Merchant of Venice".

Act One, Scene One.

The merchant Antonio laments...

"I know not why I am so sad.

It wearies me.

You say it wearies you...

...but how I caught it, found it,

or came by...

...what stuff 'tis made of it,

wherever it is born...

...I am to learn."

you see, Sixteenth-century Venice...

...at once liberal and powerful,

and yet racist...

...where religious intolerance

was abundant. Sound familiar?

Nazi Germany.

Right! Nazi Germany.

Very good.

But, could it also be true

of our United States?

Kappa Nu Gamma Rush Week?

Especially after a few beers

are involved?

That may be true, Thomas.

Thank you.

But could we please

settle down everyone?

We've got very distinguished

visitors here this morning.

Okay, where were we?


...why do you think Shakespeare

is warning us of the dangers...

of a blind adherence to dogma?

Ignorance is the cause of intolerance.

Slap me silly

and call me Brenda.

Evelyn, you're absolutely right.

Well done.

Well that I think is a very good lesson

for us to take home this morning.

This week we'll be reading Macbeth,

so sign up early for your tutorials.

And remember, my door

is always open.

Thank you.

Nice answer.

Thank you, yes, yes...

Happy new term, Dean Jean.

Thank you.

And what's the good word

from the faculty?

Well, try coming to our weekly dinners...

...or do your students keep you too busy?

I find it's the individual attention

that yields the high performance.

Dedication does pay off.

yeah, not always. But then,

that's ancient history.

Jean, come on.

We have work to do.

Are you...

Are you waiting for me, Miss, uh...

- Dionesia Costa.


- Dionesia Costa.

Dionesia...whoa! I wonder

what your parents were smoking.

I chose it for myself.

It's the feminine form of "Dionysus".

I wanted to wait to speak

with you because I would...

...really like for you to be

my thesis advisor.

Well, forgive me for saying, but...

...you haven't been taking my courses,

have you? I think I would remember.

I'm an upper class transfer.

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Tamar Simon Hoffs

Tamar Simon Hoffs (nee Tamar Ruth Simon; October 23, 1934) is an American film director, writer, and producer, best known for directing the indie films Red Roses and Petrol (2003) and Pound of Flesh (2009), both starring Malcolm McDowell. more…

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