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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 first time Elizabeth Taylor performed Shakespeare. At first she said that she felt extremely out of place, as all Of the other actors had been performing Shakespeare on stage since the age of 19. Taylor was an intelligent and determined lady, however, and picked the language up rather quickly. She only inquired of one sentence to Burton: how to say "whom doth thou lovest best?" as she felt as though she "had toffee in her mouth" saying this. See more »


When Petruchio arrives on a horse for his wedding, a security guard dressed in black is seen in the background. 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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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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