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Adam's Rib

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A WOMAN ATTEMPTS TO KILL HER HUSBAND & PROSECUTOR ADAM BONNER GETS THE CASE. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, HIS WIFE AMANDA (WHO IS A LAWYER TOO) DECIDES TO DEFEND THE WOMAN IN COURT. AMANDA USES EVERYTHING SHE CAN TO WIN THE CASE & ADAM GETS MAD ABOUT IT. AS A RESULT, THEIR PERFECT MARRIAGE IS UPSET BY EVERYDAY QUARRELS.

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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Garson Kanin, Ruth Gordon
  • Producers: Lawrence Weingarten
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJOD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adam's Rib" on IMDb

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"Adam's Rib' is arguably the greatest Tracy-Hepburn film, and is certainly the most popular of their teamings. Brightly written (by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin), it takes the premise of the trial of a wife (the sparkling Judy Holliday, in her film debut) shooting her unfaithful husband (Tom Ewell, establishing himself in the kind of role he'd reprise in The Seven-Year Itch), and turns it into a forum for sexual values in the '40s, and a showcase for the fabulous Tracy and Hepburn. The two were never better than as the battling D.A. and defense attorney. In the courtroom and out, the love they share, and tweaking of each other's egos, is a sheer joy to watch. That the story is also a knowing commentary about women's inequality under the law makes the film even more topical today, and doesn't reduce the film's enjoyment value at all. It is a VERY funny film, and can be enjoyed at MANY levels! David Wayne's smarmy songwriter-neighbor sings 'Goodbye, Amanda', a song written by Cole Porter for the film (In fact, Hepburn's character's name in the film was changed to Amanda, to fit Porter's song!) Favorite scenes include the 'home movie', which accurately reflects Tracy and Hepburn's own relationship; the infamous massage scene ("I know a slap...!"); and Tracy's licorice-gun confrontation, and crying-on-demand scene. A Classic that deserves it's reputation
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Long acclaimed as one of Hollywood's finest comedies, Adam's Rib is arguably the best of the Tracy/Hepburn offerings. One can appreciate it fifty years after its debut. Any movie should be looked upon as a period piece, but the best ones are able to transcend their own time frames.
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.
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Of all the films that Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made together, this is my favorite. The two are absolutely brilliant as a husband and wife who are both lawyers on opposite sides of a case having to do with a woman defending her honor by shooting her husband when she finds him cheating on her. As great as the two leads are, however, this film is so rich and succeeds on so many levels that it would have been a great success even with two far less gifted performers. The film also features what was essentially the debut of three well known performers: Jean Hagen (who would shine only three years later in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), Tom Ewell, and the absolutely magnificent Judy Holiday, arguably the greatest dumb blondes in the history of Hollywood (despite being by all accounts one of the most intellectually brilliant performers ever, once having scored over 170 on an IQ test). Holiday is especially great in the film, absolutely stealing every scene in which she appears. Her scene in the witness chair is my favorite scene in the film. David Wayne fills out a remarkable cast as Hepburn and Tracy's next door neighbor, a songwriter who pens the song "Farewell, Amanda" for Hepburn, who plays Amanda Bonner (Tracy is Adam Bonner, hence the title of the film). His constant bantering enlivens nearly every scene in which he appears.
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.
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Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy movies are sometimes thin on plot, but always loaded with their unique chemistry. Few, if any, movie duos ever possessed the magic these two emanate from the screen. Tracy is perhaps the greatest screen actor of them all, and Kate plays off him to perfection. Their interplay here is engaging, witty and makes you realize that no one working in movies today can hold a candle to these two giants.
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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