Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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Director: Stanley Kramer

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

     
 

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Old-line liberals Matt and Christina Drayton (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) have raised their daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton) to think for herself and not blindly conform to the conventional. Still, they aren't prepared for the shock when she returns home from a vacation with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier). While they… See more details below

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Overview

Old-line liberals Matt and Christina Drayton (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) have raised their daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton) to think for herself and not blindly conform to the conventional. Still, they aren't prepared for the shock when she returns home from a vacation with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier). While they come to grips with whatever prejudices they might still harbor, the younger folks must also contend with John's parents (Roy Glenn Sr. and Beah Richards), who are dead-set against the union. To complicate matters, the older couple's disapproving maid (Isabel Sanford) and Christina's bigoted business associate (Virginia Christine) put in their two cents' worth. While Joey is determined to go ahead with the wedding no matter what people think, John refuses to consider marriage until he receives the unqualified approval of all concerned. The closing monologue delivered by Spencer Tracy turned out to be the last scene ever played by the veteran film luminary, who died not long after the production. The film was a success in the racially volatile year of 1967 and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won for Hepburn and screenwriter William Rose.

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Nominated for ten Academy Awards, this comedy-drama achieves classic status for several reasons. The first and most obvious is its early exploration of interracial marriage, a still-taboo subject at a time when violent racial riots were igniting in cities across the United States. Director Stanley Kramer, known for dissecting serious social issues in films such as Inherit the Wind (1960) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), as well as for his sense of humor in films such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), blends his sensibilities beautifully. He and screenwriter William Rose (Best Original Screenplay) inject welcome humor while allowing the audience to peek into the hearts of liberal whites and wary blacks, without proselytizing. Film history is made as well: In Spencer Tracy's last film role (he died weeks after production), he delivers a monologue to Katherine Hepburn (Best Actress) about the persistence of long-lasting love that is heartbreaking considering the imminent end of their real-life romance. The collaboration represents Kramer's fourth with Tracy and second with Sidney Poitier, who brilliantly portrays Dr. John Prentice's perfect gentleman with humor, grit, and charisma. In the same year, Poitier starred in To Sir, With Love (1967) and In the Heat of the Night (1967), which won Best Picture. Film newcomer and Hepburn's real-life niece Katharine Houghton is a delight as Tracy and Hepburn's bright and independent daughter whose love for Dr. Prentice is fierce and fearless, if a bit naive. Isabel Sanford, Cecil Kellaway, and Beah Richards lead a rich supporting cast in a film that, like so many works of art that broke new ground, has come to seem dated in its cautious, watered-down attitude, but which deserves to be applauded and celebrated for its courage, incendiary in its time.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
UPC:
0043396211001
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
2,154

Special Features

Closed Caption; Introductions by Tom Brokaw, Quincy Jones, Karen Kramer and Steven Spielberg; "A Love Story of Today" featurette; "A Special Kind of Love" featurette; "Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth"; 2007 Producers Guild of America "Stanley Kramer" award presentation to Al Gore; Stanley Kramer accepts the Irving Thalberg Award; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Matt Drayton
Katharine Hepburn Christina Drayton
Sidney Poitier John Prentice
Katharine Houghton Joey Drayton
Beah Richards Mrs. Prentice
Roy E. Glenn Mr. Prentice
Isabel Sanford Tillie
Cecil Kellaway Monsignor Ryan
Virginia Christine Hilary St. George
Alexandra Hay Car Hop
Barbara Randolph Dorothy
D'Urville Martin Frankie
Grace Gaynor Judith
Skip Martin Delivery Boy
John Bear Hudkins Cab Driver
Thomas Heaton Peter

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Robert Clatworthy Production Designer
Joseph de Bella Makeup
Frank deVol Score Composer
Jacqueline Fontaine Songwriter
Geza Gaspar Special Effects
George Glass Associate Producer
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
John D. Jefferies Set Decoration/Design
Robert Jones Editor
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Lane Makeup
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Rose Screenwriter
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Feature Film
1. There's No Problem [4:01]
2. Everything's Right [3:36]
3. Unexpected Return [3:33]
4. Bursting [3:07]
5. Pleased to Meet You [4:37]
6. Nothing Wrong [3:39]
7. Any Objections [2:57]
8. Never Occurred [4:29]
9. The Whole Story [2:08]
10. Loves Me, Loves Me Not [4:53]
11. The Watusi [2:56]
12. I Have to Explain [4:08]
13. Beautiful Thoughts [3:31]
14. Don't Speak, Just Go [3:08]
15. Through the Roof [3:34]
16. Inside Track [4:20]
17. Glory of Love [3:34]
18. Joey's Welfare [4:28]
19. Her Side [5:09]
20. Nothing No More [3:59]
21. Only Forty Minutes [3:36]
22. The Situation [2:56]
23. Opposition [3:46]
24. Blind Men [4:32]
25. Dead Weight [2:58]
26. Packing [3:54]
27. Extraordinary Day [6:37]
28. Unimaginable Problems [3:41]

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