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Adam's Rib [VHS] [1949]

Spencer Tracy , Katharine Hepburn , George Cukor    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Jan 1998
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNDD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,307 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adam's Rib, released in 1949, was one of the on-screen peaks for the matchless pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. George Cukor's instinctively light touch on the director's tiller, the wittiest of Garson Kanin scripts and apparently effortless acting from the stars, merge for 100 minutes of sophisticated comic perfection.

It's tempting to think that, as the sparring husband and wife lawyers, Hepburn and Tracy drew on aspects of their now legendary real-life love affair. Screen chemistry alone can't account for the endless nuances, sidelong looks and timing which make Adam's Rib such a delight. There's also a generosity to their fellow actors that few major stars, then or now, would be confident enough to indulge in. Judy Holliday, playing the wife accused of shooting her philandering husband, had still not secured the lead in the film of her Broadway hit, Born Yesterday. Aware that anything else would have been a travesty, Hepburn as her defence lawyer ensured that Holliday was favoured in their scenes together and she duly got the part.

In all the best ways, Adam's Rib is a quick-fire battle-of-the-sexes comedy, with Hepburn's brittle feminism striking sparks off Tracy's bemused chauvinism. The verdict might be a victory for Hepburn, but the real winner is an underlying love and respect which made this partnership one of the all time greats.

On the DVD: Adam's Rib is presented in standard 4:3 format from a decent print, with a picture quality and mono soundtrack to please anyone who knows the film primarily from TV matinees. The lack of extras, apart from a scene index, is disappointing for a film of this stature. --Piers Ford

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn team up once more as a married couple finding themselves on opposite sides of a court case. District Attorney Adam Bonner (Tracy) is intent on prosecuting 'dumb blonde' Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for attempting to shoot her husband's lover. Her lawyer (Hepburn), also Adam's wife, is equally determined to defend her client. A battle of the sexes, in and out of the courtroom, ensues.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and witty 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-school entertainment 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Hepburn/Tracy film 8 Mar 2000
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars early fifties girl-power glitters and shines! 26 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don'r Remake This Film 25 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
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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