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The Taming of the Shrew (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Romance  -  23 October 1980 (UK)
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The swaggering Petruchio, eager to wive it wealthily in Padua, agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

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Baptista has two daughters: Kate and Bianca. Everyone wants to wed the fair Bianca, but nobody's much interested in problem child, Kate. Baptista declares that he won't give Bianca away in a marriage until he's found a husband for Kate, so all the suitors begin busily hunting out a madman who's willing to do it, and they find Petruchio: a man who's come to wive it wealthily in Padua. And Petruchio marries Kate with a plan to tame her, while everybody else begins scheming to win Bianca's hand. Written by Kathy Li

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John Cleese had never performed Shakespeare prior to this film. Coupled with this, he had seen several of the BBC Television Shakespeare productions and been unimpressed with them. As such, it took a great deal of persuasion from director/producer Jonathan Miller to convince Cleese to appear. See more »

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an amazing performance
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best things John Cleese has done. I have not seen all his work, but a lot of it, including Python, Fawlty Towers, A Fish called Wanda....but this supersedes them all. Exactly the right portrayal of what Petruchio should be. All of the acting is magnificent; the director gets much kudos! The lines are cleverly delivered, with much comedy and the actors are at ease speaking 'shakespearease.' The set is simple, not to distract from the acting. The gal who plays Katherine is amazing, too. She and Cleese make a perfect combination. And it's really so romantic! I could watch this quarterly and not get tired of it.


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