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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner -- Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as parents perplexed about their daughter's engagement to a black doctor.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner -- Trailer for this classic starring Sidney Poitier

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Director:
Writer:
William Rose (written by)
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Release Date:
12 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
a love story of today
Plot:
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 20 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Spencer Tracy Triumph See more (291 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Matt Drayton

Sidney Poitier ... John Prentice

Katharine Hepburn ... Christina Drayton

Katharine Houghton ... Joey Drayton

Cecil Kellaway ... Monsignor Ryan

Beah Richards ... Mrs. Prentice
Roy Glenn ... Mr. Prentice (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)

Isabel Sanford ... Tillie (as Isabell Sanford)
Virginia Christine ... Hilary St. George
Alexandra Hay ... Carhop
Barbara Randolph ... Dorothy
D'Urville Martin ... Frankie
Tom Heaton ... Peter
Grace Gaynor ... Judith
Skip Martin ... Delivery Boy
John Hudkins ... Cab Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Core ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jacqueline Fontaine ... Singer (uncredited)
Timothy Scott ... Small Role (uncredited)
Yuki Tani ... Japanese Waitress (uncredited)
June Whitley Taylor ... Edie (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
William Rose (written by)

Produced by
Georges Glass .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank De Vol (music) (as De Vol)
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup (as Joseph Di Bella)
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Ben Lane .... makeup
 
Production Management
Ivan Volkman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Leonard Kunody .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Clarence Peet .... property master
Jim Bochman .... set designer (uncredited)
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gabe Resh .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Martin .... sound
Clem Portman .... re-recording
Charles J. Rice .... sound
James F. Rogers .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Geza Gaspar .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... process photography (as Larry Butler)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Les Everson .... chief electrician
William Gossman .... camera operator
Martin Kashuk .... company grip (as Marty Kashuk)
Doug J. Campbell .... company grip (uncredited)
Ron Cooney .... grip (uncredited)
Darryl Kenzel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Monte .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costumes
Jean Louis .... wardrobe supervisor
Edna Taylor .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tony Friedman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:(Banned) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original release) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John says to Matt that Joey "feels that all of our children will be president of the United States and they'll all have colorful administrations." In 1960, seven years before this movie was released, a black economics student named Barack Obama and a white anthropology student named Ann Dunham met, fell in love, and got married. Like the characters of John and Joey in this movie, Barack and Ann were an interracial couple who met at the University of Hawaii during an era when interracial relationships and marriages were still taboos or even illegal in many parts of the country. In 2008, the child that Barack and Ann Obama had together did indeed become President of the United States.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John: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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Glory of LoveSee more »

FAQ

Was this film Spencer Tracy's last?
Getting married after only 10 days of knowing each other? That's crazy!
What did Joey mean when she likened her parents to the governor of Alabama?
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84 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Another Spencer Tracy Triumph, 14 October 1999
Author: dsnazel from Seattle, WA

It's so easy to criticize this film. The soundtrack from DeVol is *awful*. The film is incredibly dated and there are some scenes, (the scene with the delivery boy and the ice cream shop), that are unbearable, like something out of a Gidget film.

Of course the other problem with this film, 33 years after its production, is who in the year 2000, would be upset about their daughter marrying a Yale educated Doctor?

However, despite all this, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a great film. The film is wonderful because it was the last film made by one of Hollywood's greatest duos, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

This film was made while Spencer Tracy was dying. Spencer had to put his entire salary in escrow in order for the film company to allow him to do the film.

So why did Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy agree to do this film, without immediate payment? Because it's a film about forbidden love, it's a film about loving someone no matter what society thinks, or what the rules are. This is something Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn knew a great deal about.

What makes this film outstanding is, by the end of the film you realize, Kate and Spencer are not even acting they are relaying their feelings about each other, through the film. Once you catch that, the drama of the final few scenes is just unparalleled and Spencer's final speech, about his love for Kate (Christina), can drive even the most twisted soul to tears.

A few things to catch in this film, watch Kate's face when Spencer recites the line, 'screw what the rest of the world thinks about your love'...those are real tears. Watch Spencer Tracey as he paces back and forth on the terrace near the end of the film. He realizes he is about to begin one of the last scenes he will ever film. He's line 'well I'll be a son of a bitch'...is more a realization he's about to make his last grandstand on the big screen, in his entire career.

Spencer Tracy is one of America's greatest actors. This is his last triumph. For that reason alone, it's a true cinematic treasure.

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