Guess Who's Coming to Dinner details
|Starring:||Katharine Houghton, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Virginia Christine, Isabel, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy Glenn, Isabel Sanford, Sidney Poitier|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100|
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Mar 2002|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
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Guess Who's Coming to DinnerBy Pippppster from Leicestershire , 14 Oct 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]A throwback to another era? Perhaps, but this is a beautifully crafted film, and an accutely observed comment on the divides caused by both race and wealth.
If Sidney Poitier is perhaps a little too accomplished to be wholly believable, this is a relatively minor drawback in such an accomplished film.
Tracy and Hepburn are superb as the confused, but ultimately heroic, parents caught in a social and family dilemma.
It would be a cliche to say they do not make them like this anymore, but sadly, they don't.
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Dated but still relevant!By Harveytwo (54 reviews) from Nottingham , 21 Aug 2009This movie, like 'In the Heat of the Night' are seminal films that you simply HAVE to see at least once if you are serious about American cinema.
It asks that question: 'how liberal are you?'
Many of us agree that racism is bad and should be stamped out although we don't feel comfortable with the idea of our son or daughter marrying someone of another race.
This attitude is common across much of liberal society and it is wonderfully displayed in this movie.
You see the way people react to the interracial relationship from black and white perspectives. It is very interesting to see how the black housemaid attacks Sidney's character with contempt and suspicion.
The best performance comes from Hepburn as the white all-American mother who gets the surprise of her life!
She wonderfully portrays the initial shock and fear that one would expect in that day and age. Then when an interfering colleague pops round to snoop we get one of the most amazing put downs ever committed to film (without a single swear word). She protects her daughter's honor like every good mother should while preparing to receive the potential in-laws!
Sidney is on top form as always (impossible not to adore and respect) although you wonder if it would have been more interesting if say 50 Cent played his part!
This is the type of film that could be re-made today and should be perhaps with a white American girl with her Middle-Eastern Islamic boyfriend!
We'll see if anyone is brave enough!!!!!
Guess Who is coming to DinnerBy Judy21 (7 reviews) from Andover , 02 Apr 2009Simply a classic - and worth watching just for the on screen chemistry between Hepburn and Tracey.
Oh My GodBy ItsMe (149 reviews) from Basingstoke , 23 Mar 2009Great film, excellent acting. Must see film. How did I get this old without ever seeing it before?
Wow, you just couldn't get away with making a film like this today. Very racist and not at all PC in this day and age, but nevertheless, a great film. Good to see Spencer Tracy in a non ganster role as a family man.
oh so relevant!By Simon Brett from London , 06 Feb 2009I wanted to watch the film as I had heard alot about Sidney Poitier without actually knowing enough about the films he starred in.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. On face value, this is a hollywood love story (the schmazy sing song at the start - and end) but its the story of race from a black and white perspective (Katherine Hepburn is quite outstanding) and its implications in 1960' s america. This issue even resonates more today with barack obama's leadership (an interesting conversation where poiter talks about having children with his white girlfriend, jokingly they have aspirations to become the us president) - In 1960s america, the very thought of it, is complete fantasy which is why its made into a joke - society today knows that the most powerful man in the us can be achieved irrespective of colour. Whats starts as a relatively light acting from a heavyweight cast soon develops into a mass forum - spencer tracy's long speech summing up everything the director wanted to achieve in the film. Engrossing, poignant and honest.
Brilliant CastBy Joby (82 reviews) from Uckfield , 19 Dec 2008If you are old enough to remember Glenn Miller, you will adore this movie, its true is a classic and its great. You will love this.