The Taming of the Shrew

Drama | English | 122 minutes


Grumio and Hortensio are rivals for the hand of the beautiful Bianca. Unfortunately, her rigid father will  allow this wedding to take place only after  Bianca’s older sister, Katharina, gets married. Not going to be easy. Katharina is an ill-tempered, shrewish woman, with a sharp tongue that  destroyed previous suitors. But, hopefully, Petruchio, a charming, womanizing, suitor, with a backbone to match Katharina’s, arrives in town looking for a bride.   Petruchio and Katharine fight, scream and challenge each other. This is definitely not a match made in Shakespeare’s heaven, but who knows?

Elizabeth Taylor (Katharina) / Richard Burton (Petruchio) / Cyril Cusack (Grumio) / Victor Spinetti (Hortensio) / Natasha Pyne (Bianca)
Why Stream This Film?
 It’s rare that such a worthy film, still running in theaters and nominated for 10 Oscars, is also available for streaming.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
  • BAFTA Awards: Best  Actor (Richard Burton); Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; Best Actor (Richard Burton)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Best Pictures of the Year
TAMING of the SHREW has a justness and balance  that puts it up into the ranks of the best of Shakespearean films.
Wendy Michener

MACLEAN'S Magazine

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton pack plenty of wallop making their roles meaty and flamboyant with a larger-than-life Burton playing for plenty of sly laughs in the uninhibited wife-beating lark.


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