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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award(r) for Best Actress for her performance) are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor's parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. In GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER,director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society's prejudices.
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It's a movie with its heart in the right place, even if it approaches preachy goofiness. It has the courage to talk about the bigotry-that-dare-not-speak-its-name; the most progressively minded among us would hate to admit that there are cultural divides they don't want to cross if they don't have to. It's just plain easier to be welcoming and tolerant from a distance.
While the first half is a fascinating drama and comedy of manners, the end becomes a series of big speeches as though Spencer Tracey grabs the mic and talks directly to the audience. It especially felt cruel and out of place when mild-mannered John berates his father. But it's hard to criticize a movie with such a doggedly positive message. A modern movie would want to throw all sorts of hitches into this relationship, but I think there's something wonderful in Joey's constant, earnest elation.
Will Joey and John work out forever? Who knows. But for the time being, they are the happiest two people on the face of the Earth since Adam met Eve. It'd be foolish parents to unravel that sort of rare magic.
This is a wonderful story about two families (mostly hers) coming to terms with a white woman and a black man's plans to be married.
It deals with many of the same issues and questions that are still being dealt with today and, because of that, is timeless.
Wonderfully - and sensitively - done. I use it in my classes to discuss issues of prejudice.
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I would recommend this dvd, to anyone who is looking for a movie with a good storyline. You won't be disappointed with the quality of the dvd, or the storyline.
The first time I saw it was on the big screen in the 60's! (How time flys)!
Love the film. Tracy and Hepburn together was always a delight.
I would recommend to anyone. It's a film for all the family. There is of course a
Moral to this story.
A great film with a message that - hopefully - is embraced by all who watch it.