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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1967 (USA)
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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Paul Dehn (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Katharina
Richard Burton ... Petruchio
Cyril Cusack ... Grumio
Michael Hordern ... Baptista
Alfred Lynch ... Tranio
Alan Webb ... Gremio
Giancarlo Cobelli Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Priest
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Pedant
Ken Parry Ken Parry ... Tailor
Anthony Gardner Anthony Gardner ... Haberdasher
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Bianca
Michael York ... Lucentio
Victor Spinetti ... Hortensio
Roy Holder ... Biondello
Mark Dignam ... Vincentio
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Storyline

Baptista (Sir Michael Hordern), a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca (Natasha Pyne), will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio (Michael York), 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 (Richard Burton), a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio (Victor Spinetti), 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 (Alan Webb), agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Written by alfiehitchie

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In the war between the sexes, there always comes a time for unconditional surrender. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The previous movie version of The Taming of the Shrew (1929) featured Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who, like Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, were married at the time. Pickford's and Fairbanks' marriage, however, was quickly deteriorating, while Burton's and Taylor's would not end (the first time) for another seven years. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Petruchio: Will you, nill you, I will marry you.
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Crazy Credits

After the names of the screenwriters are listed, it reads: With acknowledgements to William Shakespeare without whom they would have been at a loss for words. See more »

Alternate Versions

70 mm and some 35 mm film prints feature an overture before the start of the film with a purple flower background and white words on it reading "OVERTURE" (this is not included on non-letterboxed video prints). This overture can be heard on letterboxed video prints on LD, DVD and some broadcast editions, including Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Connections

Version of Ukroshcheniye stroptivoy (1973) See more »

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Richard Burton Tames Elizabeth Taylor (but Only in the Movies)
20 June 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This is a lavish presentation of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, highlighted by the ideally cast coupling of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the pivotal roles. Hers was the questionable characterization, but Ms. Taylor keeps "Katharina" well within her range, and sparks the original role with an appealing update. Burton balances with a fine interpretation of "Petruchio". The bombastic Burtons are only hindered by the relatively slight material; some of this humor doesn't transcend the centuries, although much is appreciated. Director Franco Zeffirelli and several in this company soon went to work on "Romeo and Juliet" (1968), which was a greater use of their skills.

******* The Taming of the Shrew (2/27/67) Franco Zeffirelli ~ Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael York, Natasha Pyne


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (1973 UK re-release)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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