Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib

Director: George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday

Cast: George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday

     
 

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star in director George Cukor's Adam's Rib. The film is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame in black-and-white and looks very good. While a few inherent problems exist in the transfer (a small amount of grain), overall this is a very sharp image that sports solid black, gray, and white levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby

Overview

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star in director George Cukor's Adam's Rib. The film is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame in black-and-white and looks very good. While a few inherent problems exist in the transfer (a small amount of grain), overall this is a very sharp image that sports solid black, gray, and white levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in both English and French. Not surprisingly, this 1.0 mix is focused in the front and center speakers without any directional effects whatsoever. What fidelity is lacking on this mix is made up for by the fact that it's free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this DVD are English, Spanish, and French subtitles. For such a classic film, it's sad to see the disc receive such bare-bones treatment -- the only extra feature available on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Sophisticated and sublime, Adam's Rib is one of George Cukor's finest collaborations with Katharine Hepburn. In this romantic comedy Adam and Amanda Bonner (Spencer Tracy and Hepburn), two lawyers who happen to be married, take on opposing sides of a highly publicized case. The crime in question involves a distressed wife (Judy Holliday) who shoots and wounds her philandering husband. For Amanda the trial becomes a cause for women's rights. For Adam, the prosecuting attorney, the trial becomes a travesty of justice. By juxtaposing the Bonners' public and private worlds, the courthouse and the country house, Cukor highlights with great wit the give-and-take between happily married partners, from role playing to verbal jousting. Written by a real-life married couple, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, the movie is enlivened by the sparks that fly between Hepburn and Tracy, unmarried lovers in real-life, as well as by Holliday's artfully daffy performance.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin's witty and intelligent script (despite many improbabilities, such as the conflict of interest in having a husband and wife contest the same case, and the plausibility-defying circus-like theatrics that Amanda deploys in the courtroom) propels this funny and barbed courtroom comedy. The legal and gender-fueled debates at the center of the film may seem somewhat antiquated today, but the intelligence and wit that inform much of the film's dialogue are still surprisingly fresh. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn share an onscreen ease and familiarity usually reserved for long-married couples. Ironically -- given that the film is about the legal ramifications of a woman's shooting of her philandering husband -- they had become an extramarital item themselves by the time this film was being made. Judy Holliday gives an unexpectedly affecting performance as the woman wronged, while bug-eyed Tom Ewell is solid as her weasel-like philandering husband. However, David Wayne as the lascivious piano composer
eighbor of the feuding legal eagles gives the most impressive supporting performance. His best line? "Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers." Technically, the film is very conventional. Outside of the opening sequences, in which George Cukor's camera roams the busy streets of rush hour New York, the film has a stage-like feel, with static shots of the battling spouses dominating the proceedings. Perhaps Cukor didn't want to distract us from the real star of the show, the clever and insightful Kanin/Gordon script.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
UPC:
0012569505520
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Adam Bonner
Katharine Hepburn Amanda Bonner
Judy Holliday Doris Attinger
Tom Ewell Warren Attinger
David Wayne Kip Lurie
Jean Hagen Beryl Caighn
Hope Emerson Olympia La Pere
Eve March Grace
Clarence Kolb Judge Reiser
Emerson Treacy Jules Fr-ikke
Will Wright Judge Marcasson
Elizabeth Flournoy Dr. Margaret Brodeigh
Harry Cody Criminal Attorney
Bert Davidson Subway Guard
Glen B. Gallagher Actor
George Magrill Actor
Gil Patric Actor
Polly Moran Mrs. McGrath
David Clarke Roy
John Maxwell Court Clerk
Marvin Kaplan Court Stenographer
Bill Self Benjamin Klausner
Paula Raymond Emerald
Charles Bastin Asst. District Attorney
Madge Blake Mrs. Bonner
Sidney Dubin Amanda's Assistant
Rex Evans Fat Man
Lester Luther Judge Poynter
Louis Mason Elevator Operator
Anna Q. Nilsson Mrs. Poynter
Tommy Noonan Reporter
Ray Walker Photographer
Marjorie Wood Mrs. Marcasson
James Nolan Dave
Joseph E. Bernard Mr. Bonner

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
George Boemler Editor
Jack Dawn Makeup
William Ferrari Art Director
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Ruth Gordon Screenwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Garson Kanin Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Logos [:22]
2. Main Title [1:05]
3. Doris in Pursuit [2:29]
4. Doris Uses the Gun [1:58]
5. The Bonners Arise [3:27]
6. The Drive to Work [1:17]
7. A Case of the Attingers [6:05]
8. Doris Recounts the Crime [5:04]
9. The Dinner Party [5:43]
10. Bonner Home Movies [3:55]
11. A Bonner Spot [1:18]
12. The Jury Selection [4:37]
13. "Pinky Cranky?" [5:18]
14. Farewell Amanda [4:05]
15. Beryl Caighn Testifies [3:51]
16. Warren Attinger on the Stand [2:57]
17. Doris Attinger on the Stand [4:23]
18. The Massage [1:03]
19. The Slap [3:02]
20. Battle of the Sexes [5:28]
21. "The Law is the Law!" [4:08]
22. "I Like Two Sexes!" [1:17]
23. The Sex Change Summation [3:39]
24. Adam's Closing Argument [3:44]
25. The Verdict [4:21]
26. Kip and Amanda on Marriage [3:42]
27. Adam Points the Gun [4:29]
28. The Accountant's Office [3:51]
29. "Vive La Difference!" [3:39]
30. Cast List [:39]

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