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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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

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Storyline

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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A romantic film amorously devoted to every man who ever gave the back of his hand to his beloved...and to every woman who deserved it! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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8 March 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(1973 UK re-release)| (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his memoirs, Franco Zeffirelli said that making this film was the most fun he had in his entire career. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Katharina's angry line to Bianca "[tell] whom thou lovest best" (which Shakespeare actually wrote and which is grammatically correct) is changed to the grammatically incorrect "whom thou dost lovest best". In his review of the film, critic John Simon caught the error. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Brimming with Life, Love, Beauty and Joy
26 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at their peak are a joy to behold--they

infuse this gorgeous film of "The Taming of the Shrew" with so much life and

energy, that it becomes a wonderful, bouyant, three-ring circus of entertainment. The sets and costumes of Zeffirelli's meticulously recreated Renaissance Italy are ravishingly beautiful. Each scene is composed like a painting--and Nino

Rota's score complelemnts the film perfectly. His melodies ring in the air long after the film has ended. Shakespeare would have been delighted.


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