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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Houghton
  • Directors: Stanley Kramer
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PFNV2O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy, in his last film) and wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are lost for words when their daughter, Joey (Katharine Houghton), returns from her Hawaiian holiday with a fiancé in tow. What shocks them is not so much that Joey is to wed, but that her proposed husband - research scientist John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) - is black. The Draytons have always believed themselves to be broad-minded people, but find this put to the test when John says that the wedding will not go ahead without their whole-hearted approval. Writer William Rose and actress Katharine Hepburn won Oscars whilst the film was also nominated for a further six.

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Spencer Tracy's last performance was in this well-meaning, handsome film by Stanley Kramer about a pair of white parents (Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) trying to make sense of their daughter's impending marriage to an African American doctor (Sidney Poitier). The film has been knocked over the years for padding conflict and stoking easy liberalism by making Poitier's character in every socio-economic sense a good catch: But what if Kramer had made this stranger a factory worker? Would the audience still find it as easy to accept a mixed-race relationship? But there's no denying the drawing power of this movie, which gets most of its integrity from the stirring performances of Tracy and Hepburn. When the former (who had been so ill that the production could not get completion insurance) gives a speech toward the end about race, love, and much else, it's impossible not to be affected by the last great moment in a great actor's life and career. --Tom Keogh

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RD VINE VOICE on 8 May 2006
Format: DVD
I saw this movie completely by chance as i stumbled across it on tv one night. Ended up watching it with my mother (who barely sights the tv except to watch the news!) and brother. We all absolutely loved it.

The story deals with racism in days gone by. When Joanna Drayton tells her parents that she has bagged herself a doctor their reaction is not quite what she expects.

The script is unbelievable and even though the movie revolves around a serious topic there are still several laugh-out-loud moments. I hope no one takes offence to that especially seeing as that I am of colour too and managed juuust fine.

There are no words to describe the acting. Katherine Hepburn plays Joanna's mother and Spencer Tracy her father. If you have ever seen a Katherine Hepburn movie you know what I mean about there being no words. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?! Start with this one. You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cwyu on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I had a look at this after being in a conference with a very famous black civil libertarian talking about issues of racial imbalance in his generation (ie. 60s America). This was highly recommended. I found it interesting that a generation or two later the social tendencies are more towards mixed couples (see Gen X & Y) and we really don't totally see just how segregated the world was. It is also quite frightening to see what the world would revert to if there was more laws infringing civil rights. Great movie, great performances by some fantastic actors. Should be a MUST SEE, just to understand what he world looked like, in terms of being racists and prejudiced, not so very long ago and how hard some people had to fight to just be considered people, not black, yellow, red or white, just people. Fantastic!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
I saw this film last night for the first time in years. I didn't remember it very well and I was afraid it might have not aged well. After all, mixed race marriages are quite common nowadays so, why should the film be relevant to today's audiences? The fact is it is. Apart from the fact that there's still plenty of racism around, I am sure that may parents still would have the reactions and thoughts that those parents have. And even if you disagree with me here, just think how it would be if you happened to be gay and had to introduce a partner to your parents.
But to me the best of the film is the chemistry between the actors. This is really the best of the film, and to me perhaps the reason why I enjoyed it so much. The supporting characters are great (the maid, the monsignor and the gallery manager, Sidney Poitier's father). Sidney Poitier and the girl (can't remember her name) are perfectly convincing as a young couple in love, afraid of what the parents might thing but strong enough to fight for it. But the best is really Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. She won an Oscar (number 2 out of 4), he missed it, but both of them are simply marvellous. At moments, you get insights to their own lives, like in no other film they did together: the way they look at each other at certain points in the film is not just acting to them, I'm sure it was real. Watch it and wonder why films aren't this good any more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Sometimes a movie isn't a movie - sometimes it's more than that. And "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" is one of those great moments in our troubled existence when a movie took on a real issue and became something more that entertainment, it became important, even a catalyst for change - change that's ongoing to this day.

It starts very badly. A jet plane crosses the city sky to dated girly vocals and naff strings. The lyrics of "The Glory Of Love" waft out at us, "You've got to cry a little...die a little..." Oh God! Immediately you feel this is an overrated and fiercely dated Hollywood outing, and while it may have been groundbreaking then, it's cheesy now. And worse - it seems to be smug and knowing - the Tinsel Town hypocrites doing "brave", but in a typically sanitized and acceptable way.

But then it improves almost immediately. Like a breath of fresh air, Katherine Houghton (niece of Hepburn) and an impossibly handsome and debonair Sidney Poitier float onto the screen beaming and hugging. Immediately they look the part - in love - and ready to take on the whole wide world and its crappy prejudices with a lump hammer. They're met by Virginia Christine, who plays Hilary St. George, assistant to Hepburn's character, Mrs. Drayton. She shiftily eyes the mixed couple and asks with her staunch steely white distaste, "Has something happened? Is anything wrong?" Haughton replies (too much in love to notice the meanness) "Something's happened! But it's right!"

Actually, Houghton is one of the movie's secret weapons; her unfolding strength and joie-de-vie positively invigorating and constantly countering the pontificating of the elders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janiepie on 5 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
This wonderful film was the perfect platform for the unique Tracy/Hepburn duo and is especially poignant as filming was completed only a few weeks before Tracy's death. Surely those were real tears in Hepburn's eyes, after his closing remarks to the assembled family. Sparky Katharine Houghton (Hepburn's niece) and the incomparable Sidney Poitier finish the lineup for what is surely one of the great films, dealing sensitively and at times humourously with a very immotive subject during the sixties. One of my favourite films, certainly there amongst my "Desert Island" choices.
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