The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their ... See full summary »
After a period of vacation in Hawaii, Joanna "Joey" Drayton returns to her parents' home in San Francisco bringing her fiancé, the high-qualified Dr. John Prentice, to introduce him to her mother Christina Drayton that owns an art gallery and her father Matt Drayton that is the publisher editor of the newspaper The Guardian. Joey was raised with a liberal education and intends to get married with Dr. John Prentice that is a black widower and needs to fly on that night to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization. Joey invites John's parents Mr. Prentice and Mrs. Prentice to have dinner with her family and the couple flies from Los Angeles to San Francisco without knowing that Joey is white. Christina invites also the liberal Monsignor Ryan, who is friend of her family. Along the day and night, the families discuss the problems of their son and daughter. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mr Prentice (Roy Glenn) says to his son John (Sidney Poitier) "In 16 or 17 states you'll be breaking the law. You'll be criminals." By the time people saw the movie this was no longer true. On June 12th, 1967, the US Supreme Court in the case Loving v Virginia declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. See more »
The aircraft shown in the opening sequence is a United Airlines DC-8 and is supposed to be the same flight. However, the aircraft shown flying over San Francisco has registration number N8022U and the aircraft shown landing has registration number N8035U. See more »
You know, I just had a thought. Why don't I go check into a hotel and get some rest, and you go find your folks?
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I suppose in 1967, this was a breakthrough in terms of dealing with race issues. The movie pads its own chances of not offending Joe Bigot in Alabama by casting Sidney Poitier, the King of Hollywood at the time, as the 'problem' (he is called that at one point) and Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as liberals who have to deal with this as best as they can while not alienating the white audience with too much tolerance and not alienating the black audience by respecting Sidney's character.
In point of fact, Sidney is the most credible character in the movie. He transcends the material, which is so incredibly one-sided that its embarrassing at times, and the direction, which amounts to people getting up from the couch, strolling around the room, and at the end, going off into tag-teams.
Why is everyone so concerned with how the liberals are going to react, and the hell with Sidney's parents? Why is their opinion not important?
In terms of character, Sidney is it, but in terms of acting, Tracy is superior to everyone. He can make a throwaway scene like ordering ice cream memorable, and when he's contemplating the entire situation and comes to a realization and says 'I'll be a son of a bitch', he makes it so natural that you actually see the realization on his face. His final speech is an much a love letter to Kate as it is a cry for tolerance, and he delivers it perfectly. Why he didn't win Best Actor is questionable, but why Hepburn did win Best Actress is even more questionable. One of the least demanding parts she ever had to play, her competition was particularly fantastic and how she emerged victorious is anyone's guess. Maybe hers was for the both of them.
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