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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1967 (USA)
Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Paul Dehn (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Katharina
Richard Burton ... Petruchio
Cyril Cusack ... Grumio
Michael Hordern ... Baptista
Alfred Lynch ... Tranio
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Gremio
Giancarlo Cobelli Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Priest
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Pedant
Ken Parry Ken Parry ... Tailor
Anthony Gardner Anthony Gardner ... Haberdasher
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Bianca
Michael York ... Lucentio
Victor Spinetti ... Hortensio
Roy Holder ... Biondello
Mark Dignam ... Vincentio
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Storyline

Baptista (Sir Michael Hordern), a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca (Natasha Pyne), will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio (Michael York), a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio (Richard Burton), a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio (Victor Spinetti), another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio's attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina's scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. Hortensio and another suitor of Bianca, Gremio (Alan Webb), agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Written by alfiehitchie

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Selected for the 1967 Royal Performance Film See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (1973 UK re-release)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fifth of eleven movies in which Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together. See more »

Goofs

Katharina is an unmarried maiden (shrew) yet throughout the movie (most clearly in the early balcony scene) a large diamond solitaire engagement ring is visible on the ring finger of her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Petruchio: My bonny Kate, she must with me. Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; I will be master of what is mine own. She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, my household stuff, my field, my barn, my horse, my ox, my ass, my anything; And here she stands, touch her whoever dare. I'll bring mine action on the proudest he, that stops my way in Padua.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the screen credit "The End" appearing at the end of the film, the line "God give you goodnight" appears, after which the rest of the closing credits are seen. See more »

Alternate Versions

70 mm and some 35 mm film prints feature an overture before the start of the film with a purple flower background and white words on it reading "OVERTURE" (this is not included on non-letterboxed video prints). This overture can be heard on letterboxed video prints on LD, DVD and some broadcast editions, including Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1929) See more »

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colourful Shakespeare
7 June 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Shakespeare's bawdy comedy was perhaps the perfect vehicle for the Burtons four years into their real-life stormy marriage. Although Liz Taylor had no experience of playing ‘the bard' she is actually entertaining as Kate, that fiery girl who has no intention of becoming any man's plaything or possession. Richard Burton is on surer ground as Petruchio and doesn't disappoint, this is a rip-roaring performance and one of his best.

In Zeffirelli's cast we also see Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack, Natasha Pyne (as Kate's sister Bianca), and Michael York (making his film debut as Bianca's suitor). The action can drag a bit when away from the leads (who always did tend to swamp other players in their movies), but the wit and mischief of the original play shines through. My only quibble would be with Kate's final speech. Interesting that Taylor plays it this way, but my guess is that it isn't the end of the bumpy ride for these two!


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