The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (... See full summary »
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
After Cleopatra (1963) had failed at the box office, nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox, when director Franco Zeffirelli suggested casting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton his this film, he was told it would never happen by Fox executives. However, Zeffirelli was persistent, and in the end, he was able to convince Fox that the couple still had box office potential. Ultimately, he was proved correct, as the film was a huge box office success. See more »
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 »
[she gives him a look; he draws back]
Katarina, wilt thou take Petruchio to be thy lawful wedded husband?
[she throws back her veil, gives a huge smile that turns into a huge angry look]
[Petruchio kisses her passionately before she can say, "Not!" and the crowd cheers]
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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 »
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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