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Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn play husband-and-wife legal beagles, so close personally that they share a nickname, who oppose each other professionally in a routine criminal trial. The circumstances of the case impel them to focus on their personal causes (feminism for her, honor for the law for him), and they quickly become competitors and antagonists in their marriage as well.
And this is a comedy? Yes - thanks to inspired scriptwriting, expert direction, and a good fast pace. The supporting cast is exceptional - Judy Holliday (who won an Oscar for her role) as the harrassed defendant, Tom Ewell as her sleazy philandering husband, and David Wayne as the lawyers' very, very weird neighbor. Jean Hagen has a small role as the "other woman" - she later played the obnoxious silent-movie diva in "Singin' in the Rain."
Watch - at least once - the apartment/hallway quarrel with the sound turned off. You'll see facets of movie-making brilliance you may not have noticed before. Adam's Rib is one of the few Hollywood films which proves itself, indeed, to be like a finely cut emerald.
George Cukor does his usual competent job directing, but the heart of the film, in addition to the acting, is the outstanding script by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. The movie is stuffed with jokes, gags, emotional tension, and serious issues in a manner that is rarely successful.Read more ›
The plot here is a trifle unbelievable and there are parts of the film which drag, especially the scenes with David Wayne who is really superfluous to the action. If you are a stickler for a smooth plot and lots of action, then this movie won't be your cup of tea. However, if you appreciate the brilliance of Spencer Tracy and enjoy the unparalleled chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn, then you'll adore this movie.
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I loved this movie. They don't make them like this any more and Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn are fabulous in this!Published 18 days ago by LAM
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are at their best whenever they are verbally sparring. So this scenario where they are opposing lawyers is a guarantee that the sparks will... Read morePublished 19 days ago by CharlieinNeedham
Love it. I am a huge Spencer Tracy fan and thoroughly enjoyed this movie.Published 2 months ago by Karen E Murray
What a fun, entertaining and delightful film! The story is actually quite modern in many ways, yet the film retains its charm for those who delight in movies that work as a window... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this movie because in it David Wayne sings "Farewell Amanda". Tracy and Hepburn are wonderful but David Wayne is superb.Published 3 months ago by Elies McKone
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