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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Pedley ...
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Sarah Badel ...
Jonathan Cecil ...
Harry Waters ...
David Kincaid ...
Baptista's Servant
Harry Webster ...
Gil Morris ...
Leslie Sarony ...


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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23 October 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

To imeroma tis striglas  »

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Did You Know?


Jonathan Miller rearched how troublesome children were treated at the Tavistock Clinic, where imitation was often used during therapy; "there are ways in which a skilful therapist will gently mock a child out of a tantrum by giving an amusing imitation of the tantrum immediately after its happened. The child then has a mirror held up to it and is capable of seeing what it looks like to others." See more »


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Interesting Shrew
9 October 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Miller's production of Taming of the Shrew had a shortcoming it shared with many of the other BBC Shakespeare series productions; It was produced as a theatrical piece and not as video/film. This was more than offset, however, by the brilliant performance of John Cleese as Petruchio. Cleese played Kate's suitor with an understated, british style that at once illuminated the bard's words and drew a direct line between Shakespeare and Monty Python. Listen to him trail off on his 'Think you a little din can daunt my ears' speech and you will understand that humor has not really changed in 400 years.

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