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  »

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$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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The previous film version of The Taming of the Shrew (1929) featured Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who, like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, were married at the time. Pickford's and Fairbanks's marriage, however, was quickly deteriorating, while Burton's and Taylor's would not end (the first time) for another seven years. 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: [on the morning after the disastrous wedding night] How fares my Kate?
Katherina: [gives him a very long look, then] Ill.
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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 »


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Good performances,bad script
2 September 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

The whole package was almost here in this movie.It delivered on almost all technical aspects demanded for this movie version of the great Shakesperean comedy.The problem here was the low quality script which dulled the comedy,thus struggling for laughs.The director tried to compensate as much as he could but he could only in the end turn out an average movie.Also,Taylor could only manage a decent Shakesperean performance depite the film makers limiting her lines as much as they could.Taylor is a great actress but Shakespeare acting demands a very high quality in ORATORY ACTING which is another ballgame.In this regard,Burton shows how it is done.Watch this movie for his great performance here if for nothing else.Burton will demand and get your respect if you have an eye for acting.Only for fans of the lead actors and fans of Shakespeare movies......

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