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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (movie)

10 Ratings: 4.0
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Katharine Houghton. The movie concerns Joanna "Joey" Drayton (Houghton), a young white American woman who has had a whirlwind … see full wiki

Director: Stanley Kramer
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: December 12, 1967
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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Matt and Christina Drayton are shocked when they meet the man who is dating their daughter.

  • Nov 21, 2010
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"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" was released back in 1967, the same year that Janice Ian's hit single "Society's Child" was tackling the same thorny issues on your transistor radio.  Race relations were a major problem in America in those days.  Just a year later, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy would be assassinated and serious race riots would take place in major cities around this nation.  Yes, in the culture that was 1967 our society was just beginning to grapple with the issue of race.  Stanley Kramer tackles the issue of race head on in "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner"Spencer Tracy (in his final performance) and Katherine Hepburn are elderly parents eagerly looking forward to a dinner-party with their only daughter Joanna (Katherine Houghton) and her new fiancee.  She has told them so much about him.  What she did not reveal ,however, is that he was black.  Sidney Poiter is magnificent in the role of Dr. John Prentice.  Well, you could have knocked the Drayton's over with a feather. These "limosine liberals" are suddenly confronted with a situation that hits all too close to home.  Looks like it is going to be a very interesting evening at the Drayton house to say the least!

In Tracy and Hepburn, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" features two of the brightest stars who ever graced the silver screen.  The acting is top notch throughout and the screenplay is wonderful.  There is lots of food for thought in this film and one cannot help but wonder how they would react in a similar situation.  It would seem to me that as Barack Obama takes his place as our first African-American President it would be an especially good time to take another look at this film. Very highly recommended!
Matt and Christina Drayton are shocked when they meet the man who is dating their daughter. Matt and Christina Drayton are shocked when they meet the man who is dating their daughter. Matt and Christina Drayton are shocked when they meet the man who is dating their daughter.

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