The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.




  • "Taming of the Shrew, The" Elizabeth Taylor 1967 Columbia
  • "Taming of the Shrew, The" Elizabeth Taylor 1967 Columbia
  • Elizabeth Taylor in The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
  • "Taming of the Shrew, The" Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor 1967 Columbia
  • "Taming of the Shrew, The" Elizabeth Taylor 1967 Columbia
  • "Taming of the Shrew, The" Elizabeth Taylor 1967 Columbia

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4 January 2004 | kayester
| Colorful and comic - Taylor and Burton are well matched.
There is no denying Franco Zeffirelli's visual sensibility, nor his dramatic strength. He takes this Shakespearean comedy, chops and cuts and edits the text to his liking, and regurgitates a wonderful film. If one were to watch the film without sound, it would still be entertaining, that is how well Zeffirelli put it together. But it wouldn't be enough without a terrific Kate, and Elizabeth Taylor, certainly in her prime in 1967, more than fills the bill. She hams it up when hamming is appropriate to the moment, and plays it with more subtlety when that is required. She is well matched by Richard Burton as Petruchio. He is good, but there is something not quite there. I think perhaps he seems more jaded and a tad less calculating than I'd expect in the role. I think I prefer the more caustic performance of John Cleese in this role.

I can't help but wonder what Zeffirelli would've done with an operatic version of this play.

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Did You Know?


This was the first time that Dame Elizabeth Taylor performed Shakespeare. At first, she said that she felt extremely out of place, as all of the other actors and actresses had been performing Shakespeare on-stage since the age of nineteen. Taylor was an intelligent and determined lady, however, and picked the language up rather quickly. She only inquired of one sentence to Richard Burton: how to say "whom doth thou lovest best?" as she felt as though she "had toffee in her mouth" saying this.


Petruchio: Come, come, you wasp! In faith you are too angry!
Katherina: If I be waspish, best beware my sting!
Petruchio: My remedy then is to pluck it out!
Katherina: Hah! Aye, if the fool could find where it lies!
Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? In his tail!
Katherina: In his tongue!
Petruchio: Whose ...


Katharina is an unmarried maiden (shrew) yet throughout the movie (most clearly in the early balcony scene) a large diamond solitaire engagement ring is visible on the ring finger of her left hand.

Crazy Credits

Instead of the screen credit "The End" appearing at the end of the film, the line "God give you goodnight" appears, after which the rest of the closing credits are seen.

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.


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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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