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Kiss Me, Petruchio (1981)

Follows actress Meryl Streep and actor Raul Julia as they prepare to perform Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" for the "Shakespeare in the Park" theater festival.

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Christopher Dixon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Meryl Streep ... Katherine
Raul Julia ... Petruchio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bottoms John Bottoms ... Gremio
Joel Brooks ... Grumio
Max Gulak Max Gulak ... Baptista (as Max Gulack)
Joseph Papp Joseph Papp ... Himself
Larry Pine ... Hortensio
Deborah Rush ... Bianca
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Follows actress Meryl Streep and actor Raul Julia as they prepare to perform Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" for the "Shakespeare in the Park" theater festival.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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Christopher Dixon See more »
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The filmed performance took place during the summer of 1979. It was not broadcast on television until early 1981. See more »

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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #5.1 (1992) See more »

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Wonderful backstage look at Public Theatre production.
12 December 2002 | by kallahanSee all my reviews

For anyone who wondered where the amazing Meryl Streep came from, this remarkable documentry will set you straight. This uneven production of "Taming of the Shrew" which was staged in Central Park, New York by The NY Shakespeare Festival, seems secondary to the materful performances at its heart. Watching the young Meryl Streep in 6" high heels to go face to face with the robust Raul Julia is an amazing site and a set of lovers this play usually lacks. The physical side of the two actors work in amazing, violent, hot, exciting and slightly unsettling all at the same time. This Kate has finally met her match and watching the sparks fly verbally and physically between Streep and Julia is one of the finest performances we as Americans have been privileged to see. What a wonderful record. What an amazing pair of actors.


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