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The Taming of the Shrew (1980)

The swaggering Petruchio agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Chandler ... Lucentio
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ... Tranio
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Baptista
Frank Thornton ... Gremio
Sarah Badel ... Katherine
Jonathan Cecil ... Hortensio
Susan Penhaligon ... Bianca
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... Biondello
John Cleese ... Petruchio
David Kincaid David Kincaid ... Grumio
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... Baptista's Servant
Angus Lennie ... Curtis
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Nathaniel
Gil Morris Gil Morris ... Philip
Leslie Sarony ... Gregory
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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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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Baptista's living room was modelled closely on Vermeer's The Music Lesson. See more »

Connections

Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1911) See more »

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an amazing performance
6 December 2006 | by tomdarttSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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