The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina.



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Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, 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, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, 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, agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

8 March 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(1973 UK re-release)| (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Franco Zeffirelli originally proposed this film as a vehicle for Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. See more »


When Petruchio asks for Katharina's hand, he makes a globe rotate. But the continents are perfectly drawn on it while the action is clearly set in the 15th century. See more »


Petruchio: Come, come, you wasp! In faith you are too angry!
Katherina: If I be waspish, best beware my sting!
Petruchio: My remedy then is to pluck it out!
Katherina: Hah! Aye, if the fool could find where it lies!
Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? In his tail!
Katherina: In his tongue!
Petruchio: Whose tongue?
Katherina: Yours! -if you talk of tales, and so farewell!
Petruchio: What, with my tongue in your tail?
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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 »


Referenced in Good Neighbors: Say Little Hen... (1975) See more »

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colourful Shakespeare
7 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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