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Taming of the Shrew (1967)

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Franco Zeffirelli

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Plot Summary

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle and amuse as Katharina and Petruchio in William Shakespearea's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib in the 16th century. Petruchio, a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona, journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There, he encounters the fiery Katharina, a self-willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase before he successfully circumvents her attempts to avoid marriage. Their honeymoon becomes a humorous battle of wit and insult with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to "tame" her. When the embattled couple returns to Padua, Kate helps Petruchio win a wager that his is the most obedient of wives. But in reality, the shrewish Kate has found a more effective way to dominate her mate.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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85%
  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: High-spirited whoop-de-doo Shakespeare, not too adulterated, not too precious, and geared slyly towards an audience who may have read about this kind of marriage on the showbiz gossip pages. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

An undiscovered jewel of a movie

If there was a flaw to this movie, and there isn't, it might well be that the movie ends when you want it to never stop! Whatever you were doing in the 60's and the 70's is going to have a hard time competing with the time-well-spent feelng and unusual memories this movie will leave you with. This is acting at its best. Prepare yourself for a real treat. More old movies please!

:D

Im in the 7th grade, and we are currently watching this movie in class. I believe that ths movie is worth buying, especially if you enjoy shakespere. btw-We learned about shrews yesterday, in science. :D rofl!!!

The crown jewl of movies!

This movie is the a great classic, that everyone who loves shakespeare should see. If you love the movie "Ten Things I Hate About You" then your gonna love this too...after all that movie was based off this one.

Taming of the Shrew (1967)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1967

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