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


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.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is one of the best of the decade. It has a superb cast, perfectly acted by each. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy shouldn't have acted with anyone but each other, and the final monologue by Tracy seems to ring true in his real life. This film is way ahead of its time in that it accepted the idea of an interracial relationship. I wish more films were made like this one. Excellent! A great addition for any classic film fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
‘Guess Who's Coming to Dinner’ is one true cinematic treasure. This film is wonderful because it was made by one of Hollywood's greatest duos, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. I doubt audiences back then would respond to this if it wasn’t for the duo. Although it would not shock me if people then would be thinking Hollywood had finally lost its edge with this one. It was a keen decision to have Kate and Spencer be the leads because in doing so they were assuring not only box-office draw -- people would be returning to watch their favorite unmarried couple bicker, lovingly, yet again -- but a strong statement. This film was made while Spencer Tracy was dying. Spencer had to put his entire salary in escrow in order for the film company to allow him to do the film. So why did Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy agree to do this film, without immediate payment? Because it's a film about forbidden love, it's a film about loving someone no matter what society thinks, or what the rules are. This is something Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn knew a great deal about. Potier of course turns in a great performance, impeccable as always. Watch for Isabel Sanford, ("The Jefferson's") particularly the one memorable scene where she explains to Potier's character just what "black power" really is. Cecil Kellaway sparkles as Monsignor Ryan, and Beah Richards and Roy Glenn, as the parents to Potier's character, mirror Hepburn and Tracy. Katharine Houghton (Hepburn's niece), as Johanna Drayton, also done well but her inexperience is very apparent due to the heavyweight cast. What makes this film outstanding is, by the end of the film you realize, Kate and Spencer are not even acting they are relaying their feelings about each other, through the film. Once you catch that, the drama of the final few scenes is just unparalleled and Spencer's final speech, about his love for Kate (Christina), can drive even the most twisted soul to tears. A few things to catch in this film, watch Kate's face when Spencer recites the line, 'screw what the rest of the world thinks about your love'...those are real tears. Watch Spencer Tracey as he paces back and forth on the terrace near the end of the film. He realizes he is about to begin one of the last scenes he will ever film. He's line 'well I'll be a son of a bitch' more a realization he's about to make his last grandstand on the big screen, in his entire career. There is so much real honest-to-god acting talent concentrated in this movie, it. It's such a treat to watch these legendary actors at work. I highly recommend it.
PamMTX More than 1 year ago
I would rank this as one of the top classic love stories. Even though this was done back in the 1960's the issues are still with us today. After To Kill a Mockingbird this is one of my all time favorite movies. I cry every time I have seen this movie and Spencer Tracy's speech at the end is memorable. I can almost say word for word with tears in my eyes. this is my first review and as I was checking the viewers review chart, it was a five star ranking in almost each catagory.
NinaCA More than 1 year ago
I am going to try and keep this short and simple because I could talk about this movie all day. I can honestly say this is one movie that always gives me a good cry. The performances by each cast member is so amazing and real and emotinal that you feel like you are with them. Throughout the movie, it makes you think of who you are and how society is. I recommend this movie to everyone and I fully believe that parents today should make their children watch this film; I am 25 yrs old and shocked to know that a majority of my friends have never heard of this film.
BB40 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies made. It is a true classic - wonderful performances by everyone - a real keeper.
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