The Taming of the Shrew (1967)




Critic Consensus: It may not be reverent enough for purists, but This Taming of the Shrew is too funny -- and fun -- for the rest of us to resist.

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This zesty version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, concerns the shy Bianca and the mean-spirited Katarina. Though Bianca is being courted by a number of young men, her father announces that she may not marry until Katarina is wed.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Elizabeth Taylor
as Katherine, Katharina
Richard Burton
as Petruchio
Cyril Cusack
as Grumio
Michael Hordern
as Baptista
Alfred Lynch
as Tranio
Alan Webb
as Gremio
Giancarlo Cobelli
as The Priest
Ken Parry
as Tailor
Anthony Gardner
as Haberdasher
Natasha Pyne
as Bianca
Michael York
as Lucentio
Victor Spinetti
as Hortensio
Roy Holder
as Biondello
Mark Dignam
as Vincentio
Bice Valori
as The Widow
Anthony Garner
as Haberdasher
Alberto Bonucci
as Nathaniel
Gianni Magni
as Curtis
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Critic Reviews for The Taming of the Shrew

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

As for Mr. Zeffirelli's settings and the elaborate Renaissance costumes, they look very rich and mellow in the misty pastel colors that are used. But they, too, like Nino Rota's music, tend to monotony.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Top Critic

More debased Shakespeare from Franco Zeffirelli.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
TV Guide

Zeffirelli can't bring himself quite to the realm of radical Shakespeare. However, the film is a great vehicle for the two most famous stars of its era.

Full Review… | October 10, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fine Zeffirelli version with Taylor and Burton in good form.

December 21, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for The Taming of the Shrew


"Too many words," I complained while a youth first exposed to the Bard and so voiced the tedium I felt under the deluge of verbiage, poetry or no, accustomed to dusty cowpokes who spoke only in monosyllables between gunfights or, say, gangsters who rattled curses like machine gunfire ... until this lively Zeffirelli production was shown me. And its still my fav Shakespeare, embodied with hew and vigor, muscle and blood and bone by Burton and Taylor in my fav film by them. Inspires me to take 30 minutes to say "I love you!" A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a great adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The actors are great, and work together well. It's very funny and enjoyable and I recommend this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

The film stars real-life husband and wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, then the hottest celebrity couple in the world. The themes of male chauvinism and feminism which underpin the comedic plot are brought out in a way that would have made the film instantly relevant to a 1960s audience. Provocative satire in sexual politics in the late 16th century. The fact that the play still resonates and can raise a smile suggests that things haven?t changed much in the past four hundred years vis-à-vis male-female relationships.

Constanza Boutter
Constanza Boutter

Super Reviewer

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