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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

DVD - 2008
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Crusading newspaper publisher Matt Drayton's liberal principles are put to the test when his daughter, Joey, announces her engagement to John Prentice, an internationally renowned African-American physician. While Matt's wife, Christina, readily accepts Joey's decision, Matt intends to withhold his consent, forgetting that when it comes to matters of the heart, true love is colorblind.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2008]
Edition: 40th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781424869008
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
1.4 m/s


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Sep 26, 2020

I graduated from H.S. in 1967, when this movie came out. If I saw it in the 50+ yrs since then I had forgotten most of it. It is such a good snapshot of society's perspective, family dynamics, and even the tension and judgmental attitudes of ethnic members towards each other then vs now. I would not have noticed it then, but seeing the lack of compassion and support that Sidney and the maid had for each other brought renewed sadness to me (in light of conversations with many of my brothers and sisters of minority communities within my church), and it continues today.

Apr 03, 2020

Did director/producer Stanley Kramer ever make a movie that wasn't preachy? I guess there was the comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," which is, like, 4 hours long. 1967's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" feels very much stuck in its time. It also feels like a play. A really chatty, preachy play. It's probably still watched not so much for its message but for the three icons who are in it. As many know, Spencer Tracy was sick while making it, and died just a few weeks after it wrapped. Looking back, it seems less about race and more about the generation gap. Set in San Francisco. Loosely remade with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher as "Guess Who."

Dec 23, 2019

This was Spence Tracy's last film before he died.
His monologue at the end re: love and he looks at Hepburn while speaking, you see the love between them, their true love outside of the movie.

Great casting and great writing for what was, at that time, a taboo topic matter.

Nov 15, 2019

I loved Sydney Poitier in the lead role and he was very believable as the man who was asking the family's blessing to marry their daughter. Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn were magical as well. Some funny moments but mostly a serious movie. The subject matter is probably a little dated now, given that there are so many international relationships, but the movie as a whole is very entertaining. I didn't really like the way they ended it and thought it could have been a little better.

Sep 12, 2019

In his essay on films and America, "The Devil Finds Work," James Baldwin wrote that he saw Birth of a Nation and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on the Same day.

Jul 21, 2018

GOOD 1967 film dealing with romantic mixing of black and white folks. Definitely a 'period' piece. Lots of fine acting by many talented stars - fun to see Sidney Poitier dressed so sharply in his role. Also interesting to see Katharine Hepburn at age 60 and Spencer Tracy at 67.
Katherine Houghton as the young lady enamored with the Sidney Poitier character is Katharine Hepburn's niece.

Mar 30, 2017

Oh, I’ve seen Katharine Hepburn in fine form before, but never like this. And Spencer Tracy is just excellent here. The fact that he and everyone else involved in the film knew that he was dying, and what that must have cost them, makes his performance even more excellent, from its humor to its poignancy. I can’t help but to think Matt’s final words about/to Christina are as much a message from Spencer to Katharine as anything.

Sidney Poitier does just enough to make you feel as uncomfortable as John feels, and whether or not you fully agree with John Wade Prentice, he commands respect. What courage it must have taken to make such a controversial film at this period in American history. Although most of the “arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them,” the actors still make this relevant story resonate.

And the film is so positively 60s! The music, the clothing, the hairdos, the funny-looking sets, the dancing! I wasn’t expecting either my laughter or my tears, but this film got some of both out of me.

Must watch it again.

NWPL Feb 09, 2017

Three amazing actors (Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier) in a great film.

May 14, 2015

Seeing this film, today, nearly 50 years after its 1967 release - To me, it wasn't a matter of skin pigmentation that raised my concerns and doubts here. No. It was more a matter of the age gap between doctor John Prentice and rich girl Joanna Drayton that made me have serious reservations about whether, or not, this union between these 2 would be a blissful, long-lasting success, in the long run.

With John being 37 (and Joanna, 23), I'd say that this guy was, pretty much, robbing the cradle, so to speak. And it didn't help the situation much that Joanna, a flighty and flaky brat, struck me as being the kind of girl who did most everything on a whim (including considering marriage to a black man who was almost old enough to be her father).

This film also lost itself some significant points on account of the Drayton's irritable, loud-mouthed, black maid, Tillie. Not only was she portrayed as being some sort of a modern-day Aunt Jemima, but, she was the only one to use the forbidden "n-word". And it was spat out in anger in a deliberate attempt to insult black-man, John Prentice, who was there as a guest.

To say that this film's premise of heated squabbles over interracial etiquette got real stale, real fast, would truly be an understatement.

And, speaking about the likes of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn - This would be their 9th film together, and, if you ask me, I thought that the rapport and chemistry between these 2 Hollywood legends was downright awful, for the most part.

Aug 08, 2014

I remember the first time I saw this film, and I remember laughing really hard. Imagine for a minute that you are me, a student lost in a foreign school system. You want to get ahead, but all you can hear are gatekeepers or dreamkillers saying, "No, you can't." What do you do? You are a square peg trying to fit in a round hole within the school system. Then, you see a film that provides a blueprint for square peg to fit in a round hole. The lead character in the movie found a way of achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor while overcoming all the obstacles an oppressive society could throw at him. A fairy tale? Maybe. While he grew-up Stateside, he didn't practice in the US. He prepared, and then, he went to where the opportunity existed, at the time it was at The School of Oriental and African Studies. Then he went on to further studies. The message was clear to me: I didn't have to give up on my dreams. And when I looked around, I found real people who had done something similar. Take for instance Justice Robert Ndoping of Cameroon, who did four out of six years of secondary education at a boarding college in Cameroon, then studied privately and passed his GCE O and A levels before earning his LLB and his LLM from the University of London, after studying externally. First, Ndoping is called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple, and later, he serves his country first as a lawyer, then as a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Cameroon. If you are hungry for more examples, there's Derek Walcott, the 1992 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature; Thabo Mbeki, a former President of South Africa; or Mohandas Gandhi. Imagine how surprised I was that all people saw in this film was miscegenation. I guess it was there, but I found the universality of the movie was its message: You don't have to settle for what little life throws at you.

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