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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Elizabeth Taylor , Richard Burton , Franco Zeffirelli  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Alfred Lynch
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Franco Zeffirelli, Paul Dehn, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard McWhorter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JL7T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Taming of the Shrew" on IMDb

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle and amuse as Katharina and Petruchio in William Shakespeare'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.

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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Absolutely Great Ones October 22, 2002
Format:DVD
If you love Shakespeare this one has to be in your collection. The DVD version is nothing spectacular (no extra anythings) but it will probably keep forever now that it has been digitized.....so forget about the next generation in your family not being able to view the crumbling magnetic tape from your VHS copy.
A classic for-the-ages Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film from their peak period in 1967. Directed by *the* Zeffirelli, what more could you ask for. Oh.....you want a good score....this one is award winning.....Nino Rota. There is absolutely nothing lacking in this version.....you can enjoy it every time. It's one for kids to watch to see how much fun real Shakespeare can be. It's one for budding actresses to watch to see Taylor at her best. It's one for anyone studying the Bard in school to have under their belt. And it's one for all the rest of us to enjoy again and again.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burton & Taylor Are Pure, Fiery, & Feisty Sex Magic March 31, 2004
Format:DVD
No wonder Burton and Taylor married and divorced many times. The sexual tension between them in this film can be cut with a knife. Taylor plays Kate, the beautiful, fiery, feisty, mean-spirited, unloved eldest daughter of a wealthy man. She has a beautiful & kind sister who has a string of beaus, but... the eldest sister MUST marry first. Enter Burton as Petruchio. Loud, boisterous, dirty, obnoxious and SEXY! He plans to tame Kate, marry her and be a rich man on her dowry. The famous tongue in the tail speech is given on their first meeting, which sets the mood for lusty, sweaty, swarthy fighting. All the while, the sexual tension builds throughout. Many fights & torments ensue... with a beautiful ending that I will not spoil. If you like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton or just the great and powerful Bard, himself, this is a great movie, directed by the great Franco Zefferelli that is a must see! "There is no other beast on Earth so horrible as man..." (Katharina, Taming Of The Shrew)
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie to add to your collection! August 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This Shakespearean story is about the daughter of Baptista (Michael Hordern), Katarina (Elizabeth Taylor). Very unlike her younger, quiet and gentle sister Bianca (Natasha Pyne), Katarina is strong-willed and has a nasty temper. Many men want to woo the lovely Bianca, including a young scholar (Michael York), but Baptista is adamant that nobody will be wed with his Bianca until the older daughter, the shrew Katarina, is married. And there is only one man who is willing to marry her for her dowry, Petruchio (Richard Burton). When Petruchio and Katarina are wed (forcefully against Katarina's will), Petruchio proceeds to make his 'dear Kate' into a good wife, but is anyone capable of 'taming the shrew'?
A remarkable tale by the talented and famed writer, William Shakespear. And with a delightful cast of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who can resist liking it? Elizabeth Taylor practically shines in her role! Especially at the part in the end where she makes her strong speech. I was as quiet and attentive as all the guests at the wedding.
For anyone who likes Shakespeare, who likes Elizabeth Taylor, or Richard Burton, or for that matter, want to watch a good movie, watch "The Taming of the Shrew".
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Than A Barrel Full Of Burtons June 18, 2004
Format:DVD
A rollicking feast for the eye, ear, and funny bone, Franco Zeffirelli's "The Taming of The Shrew" is a tour de force for Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This pared down version of William Shakespeare's play is a fit morsel for anyone suffering from a fear of the Bard. It's fast pace keeps things going and with a cast of well-known British stars the whole thing is served up to delectable visual perfection.
Richard Burton blends his fabled abilities as a Shakespearian genius with his star power to give us a ribald and loveable Petruchio. This is one of his crowning moments on the screen and we are lucky to have this record of Mr. Burton at his very best.
Elizabeth Taylor is a comic revelation in this, one of her jewels in her acting crown. At the time the film came out, many scoffed at the idea of a mere movie star taking on the challenges of Shakespeare. Miss Taylor rises to the challenge and shines as a stunning, sexy and very funny Kate, in fact she more than rises to the occasion, she shows her command of the medium of film and her understanding of comic timing. The wedding scene is a pure Zeffirelli invention. If you didn't know better you would swear that it was part of the play, it is so well done in faux Shakespeare. Elizabeth shines in this scene. In the final fifteen minutes when she delivers the famous "Lord and Master" speech she is triumphant as she submits to her man. At the same time we know that she is the one who holds all the cards and in the off stage end will rule the roost from now on, all the while letting poor Petruchio think he is king.
The chemistry of Burton and Taylor is pure dynamite that explodes in riotous color across Zeffirelli's Renaissance canvas. Highly recommended viewing, especially if you are new to Shakespeare. It's more fun than a barrel full of Burtons!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is based on William Shakespeare's play, the romantic comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" (written circa 1590).

The movie and play only have five major characters:

(1) Baptista Monola (Michael Hordern): a rich gentleman of Padua. He insists that his elder daughter (a shrew or what we today call a "bitch") marry before his younger daughter does.
(2) Katharina (Elizabeth Taylor): his beautiful, elder daughter, "as brown as hue as hazel nuts," whose "only fault, and that is faults enough, is that she is intolerable curst and shrewd and forward." She is also called KATE.
(3) Bianca (Natasha Pyne, her movie debut): her younger sister, as modest and gentle as Kate is wild and unruly. She has a few suitors after her.
(4) Petruchio (Richard Burton): "a mad-brain rudesby" and a "swearing Jack," yet a gentleman of Verona, resolved to "tame" Kate. (It's this taming that makes the play and movie politically incorrect today.) He has two servants.
(5) Lucentio (Michael York, his movie debut): a young man, "a proper stripling an amorous," in love with Bianca. He has two servants.

To appreciate this movie fully, you must realize that Elizabeth Taylor and the late Richard Burton were ever-quarrelling lovers (just as Kate and Petruchio are) in real life in the 1960s with their on-again, off-again marriage. Thus, some say that these were the best movie roles of these two great actors.

These two lovers play out their own love affair in period costumes, and we're never allowed to forget that we're watching a movie with two famous stars (just as in the original play we are never allowed to forget that Kate and Petruchio are playing a part).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this. It is one of my favorites. I watch it often. Ever since I first saw the motion picture on the big screen, I loved it.
Published 8 days ago by Cray M. Rader
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, great acting
As everyone else has said, it doesn't have any special features, though. I've watched it several times, after viewing IMDB about goofs, trivia, etc. Read more
Published 9 days ago by zingingablenessedly
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth brings The Shew to Life............
I love this play---and no one can pull-it-off, like Elizabeth Taylor. As always, she and Richard Burton bring so much passion and fire to the screen, it makes you ache for the days... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Nannette LaRee Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare
A fun version of this Shakespearean classic. Although it is abridged, it gives the gist of the play and does it with a lot of action, great costuming, and fun.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a great classic that was difficult to find...found it on Amazon. Even if you are not a fan of Shakespeare it is worth seeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taming
My husband and I have been watching this classic movie for years. Love it so very much. I wish more movies were made like this one.
Published 1 month ago by Anita Page
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect play for Shakespeare Enthusiasts
I'm usually not a big fan of Shakespeare's comedies, no matter what form their in. This version of Taming of the Shrew however, is hilarious!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous production design but gender imbalance issues
I've never seen a more beautiful production of this. But I have seen productions where Kate was strong and chose to become who she became and where Petruchio isn't just a jerk to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drew Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars shakespeare
I love this movie, Shakespeare at his best. the pairing of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is brilliant as always
Published 2 months ago by beetlejuice
5.0 out of 5 stars Birton and Taylor at their best
I saw this movie at the movies and loved it. Elizabeth Taylor was so beautiful and Richard Burton so masterful. Read more
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