Adam's Rib 1949

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Academy Award winners Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star as a husband-and-wife team of attorneys representing opposite sides of a case in this classic comedy directed by George Cukor.To attorney Adam Bonner (Tracy), it's an open-and-shut case when a woman is arrested for attempting to kill her husband after she discovers him with his mistress.

Starring:
Spencer Tracy,Katharine Hepburn
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director George Cukor
Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bo on 4 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
Even if this movie lasted only all of its initial ten minutes, it would still be a classic! Cukor is vastly underestimated as a maker of pure cinema, just watch as the camera slides and pans and cranes and what not through New York City, with rich black & white textures and sharpness in all dimensions. The script is unfailingly witty, and obviously Hepburn & Tracy are at the top of their art. They were never better or more organic in their inter-acting. The DVD transfer is well-nigh perfect, and there is really no reason to tarry. Go get it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "wagonwheelappreciator" on 27 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Adam's Rib sees the lawyer couple of Adam (Spencer Tracy) and feminist wife Katherine Hepburn in a courtroom battle over a woman who has shot her abusive, adulterous husband, in a comedy which questions the double-standard for men and women present in society. The film highlights some of the prejudice women met at that time, while also showing how they were aware of the possibilities of exploiting it. For its time, the film has an interestingly liberal and even stance, although perhaps it falls too much in favour of Adam.
One of the films best aspects is its portrayal of the loving relationship between Tracy and Hepburn, as he attempts to understand and reconcile his wifes beliefs and she tries to cut him some slack. The real-life relationship is evident in the chemistry the two share, producing one of the most believable couples seen on screen, and providing a warmth at the heart of the film.
Hepburn is ideal for the part of Amanda, as she brings strength to her character without turning her into a cliché, as she is still feminine and human. Tracy is also excellent as the bewildered husband Adam, dispensing some sharp lines. The climax is a little contrived but this can be excused as romantic comedies are never the strictest with reality!
Although, this film was well-acted and witty, it rarely made me laugh out loud and some of the set-pieces seemed a little lame. Inevitably, the film has dated - comedy tastes change. Despite this, i was still entertained and the charming performances of Tracy and Hepburn kept me watching. This film has gone down as a classic of its genre and I think deservedly so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn's best films. They play married lawyers, Adam and Amanda Bonner who end up battling it out in court for their clients. Adam is prosecuting a high-profile case in which a woman is accused of trying to murder her philandering husband. Amanda decides to act as her defense attorney unbeknowst to her husband and the legal battle lines are drawn. Known for their quips and quick wit, this film doesn't disappoint and is engaging until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen1975 on 25 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hepburn and Tracey give the performance of their lives. The film maybe stagey and come accross as rather theatrical, but that's what makes it. Both the actors give this film a pace and energy which is very difficult to reproduce on film, it's as though they are giving a live performace and this is what makes it so immediate and, shall I say, so modern. Marvellous film, one of my top ten favourites.

Also worthy of note is the photography - a well-lit crystal clear clarity pervades the whole film. The location shots are beautifully executed and realised. Stunning camerawork throughout the film.

If there is a remake of this film, I shall freak; it is a 'Wonder' of Hollywood; no one wants to rebuild the Pyramids of Egypt, The Acropolis...Why remake a wonder, it stands alone, it stands the test of time. Hollywood did this with 'Father of the Bride', the remake was a nightmare of contrived humour and schmalz.

This film such be put on general release in cinemas.

I guess I have said it all, really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are in great shape in this movie, fighting it out in court. They seem to have the perfect marriage, based on equality and love. Both having their careers in the world of law (Amanda has her own lawfirm, Adam is the assistent DA), they are bound to meet now and then in front of judges! When Amanda sees an article in the morningpaper about a woman who shot her husband, she can't get it out of her head and goes after it. Naturally, Adam get's the case to be the prosecutor on that same case and they find themselves opposing. It starts out funny, with little jokes, but it get's tougher on the way. Add to that a certain Kip who's in love with Amanda, stunts in the courtroom and semi-home-movies, you will have a splendid time watching it, if it was only for Spencer Tracy mixing up words and the loving Pinkie/Pinky-charade!
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By Alex da Silva on 10 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Lawyers Spencer Tracy (Adam) and Katharine Hepburn (Amanda) spend the film on opposite sides during the trial of Judy Holliday (Mrs Attinger) who is up on a charge of attempted murder after she shoots her husband Tom Ewell (Mr Attinger). Given that the film is a comedy, it can only really end one way for Judy Holliday.

Tracy and Hepburn undoubtedly work well together but the film has occasions where these two characters talk across each other and it just seems too shouty. It may be realistic but it certainly is not entertaining. Hepburn tends to over-exaggerate and lay on the dramatics when she acts and Spencer Tracy is clearly the better actor of the two. Actually, the best character is that played by Tom Ewell. He steals the film in all his scenes because he is genuinely funny. Judy Holliday is good if you can get past her terrible voice but musician neighbour David Wayne (Kip) is awful - not in the fact that he is meant to be an annoying character, but in the fact that he doesn't know how to convincingly portray a realistic person. He plays it gay one minute, then straight another minute, he's rubbish at acting. Nothing about his character rings true.

At the heart of the film is Hepburn's ridiculous notion about women's lib and some sort of feminist ideals - you know, the sort of thing that makes women annoying. Face the facts Hepburn, Judy Holliday had just tried to kill someone for goodness sake - it's got nothing to do with gender!

It's certainly a watchable film with some amusing parts (mainly with Tom Ewell), and some annoying parts (Katharine Hepburn and every appearance of David Wayne), and overall, it's more annoying than funny. Certainly not a classic as people seem to believe because they are told that it is. Everyone has done better.
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