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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?


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May 01, 2009

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Not Rated

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Sidney Poitier Spencer Tracey Katherine Hepburn


1967 Columbia Pictures

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Overall A-
Run Time108

Making the Grades

Plans for an afternoon golf game are abruptly canceled when Matthew Drayton's (Spencer Tracey) daughter, Joanna (Katharine Houghton) unexpectedly returns from Hawaii to announce her engagement. Well-mannered and handsome, Dr. John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) is a highly educated and respected doctor in the field of tropical medicine, a perfect Prince Charming. The only problem with the intended wedding is the doctor's color. Adding to her father's anxiety is Joanna's insistence that he approve of the marriage before John leaves that evening for his new job.

Turmoil ensues as the much-touted, liberal newspaperman, Drayton, and his successful wife, Christina (Katharine Hepburn) come face to face with their principles and realize that their daughter has grown up to be just what they taught her to be---non-prejudicial. John's parents are equally upset with their son's choice of a marriage partner and Tilly, the Drayton's African-American maid is outright piqued.

But as this charming love story unfolds, even Christina is drawn into her daughter's blissful world of young love and soon is swept up in the excitement of the engagement. However, her doe-eyed approval only infuriates the pragmatic Drayton who cusses his way through this film. John's father and Tilly vent their feelings in a similar manner. Other concerns for parents may be the portrayal of social drinking, the use of a derogatory racial term and Christina's pointed question about her daughter's sexual relationship with the doctor.

From sweaty palms to nervous jitters, watching the encounters of this bi-racial couple and their parents in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? may bring back memories to anyone who's experienced the ordeal of that first meeting. For me personally, I was much happier to watch this enchanting couple than to have to relive it myself.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?.

How does Matthew Drayton’s experience with the distasteful ice-cream he orders at the drive-in, parallel the message of the movie?

Although John was a seemingly ideal man for their daughter, the Draytons had reservations because of his color. John’s parents are also upset. Are there any cultural, social, religious or racial issues that would be difficult for you to accept in your child’s fiance? How well do you think your family lives the values and morals you espouse.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
AB Not Rated
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? comes to DVD in a 40th Anniversary Edition two-disc set or as part of the Stanley Kramer Film Collection. Bonus materials include the featurettes A Love Story of Today. A Special Kind of Love and Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search For Truth. As well, there are two award presentations: 2007 PGA Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to Al Gore and Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award. Introductions are provided by Tom Brokaw, Quincy Jones, Karen Kramer, and Steven Spielberg. Text and photo galleries are also included. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Mono (English, French and Spanish) with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

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Sanjay says: Jul. 16, 2010

It is difficult to judge who has acted best? Spencer Tracey or Katharine Hepburn or Sidney Poitier. Their dialogue delivery is simply superb! And their expression on actual encounter is just seen to be believed. When Sidney tells his father, you see your self as black man while I see my self as MAN. I was reminded by Irving Wallace novel,“The Man”
Parents must show this movie to their teenager children, One of the best films in last 50 years.
Sanjay D. Shah, India

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