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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Chandler ... Lucentio
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ... Tranio
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Baptista
Frank Thornton ... Gremio
Sarah Badel 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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A makrancos hölgy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Version of Ukroshchenie stroptivoy (1961) See more »

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Wonderful performance
28 September 2007 | by jcroddenSee all my reviews

I saw this when first broadcast on PBS. I have no idea where you would find it now. It was a bit minimalist in its setting and staging, but that was part of the wonderful effect. I believe (and hope I am getting this right) that Jonathon Miller said the goal was to very much represent what an Elizabethan playgoer would have seen if they had been to an opening performance of Bill Shakespeare's plays. I seem to recall John Cleese saying that it came to him some time into rehearsals that this was the official BBC version for the next several decades and that he was shocked that he had stupidly missed that point until later and also shocked that he had that much responsibility. He ended up hiring a tutor to run lines with him so he could get every word with 100% accuracy.

I wish I could find it to see again.


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