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

After the names of the screenwriters are listed, it reads: With acknowledgements to William Shakespeare without whom they would have been at a loss for words. See more »


Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1956) See more »

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23 January 2001 | by (Delhi) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie on DVD and liked it. I think if Shakespeare were alive today he would have like. Taylor and Burton do justice to their roles and the movie also introduced a brilliant actor Michael York as Lucentio. I had read the play and had seen the movie 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU which was loosely based on the play. When I got a chance to see the movie, I grabbed it. Elizabeth Taylor as Katharina the shrew is brilliant. She shows why is much more than a celebrity. Richard Burton shines as Petruchio. Franco Zeffirelli is a reputed director and he shows why. A must see movie for the fans of Shakespeare and the play.

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