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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:
Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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Liberal Angst over Interractial Relationship in the 1960s See more (273 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)
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)
 
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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:
Spencer Tracy's glasses have no lenses throughout the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The way Christina's scarf is arranged around her head and neck changes in several shots inside the car at the drive in.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:
Referenced in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Glory of LoveSee more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Liberal Angst over Interractial Relationship in the 1960s, 7 May 2005
Author: oneflighthoop from United States

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner takes place during the course of one day as two families struggle to overcome their concerns about the interracial marriage of their children. This film is a treat for the eyes with lovely sets and beautiful people. It also has a nice 1960's feel that is reinforced by sophisticated wardrobing and an "easy listening" soundtrack--featuring The Glory of Love as the signature tune. The film relies very heavily on the use of dialog and reflects the elegance of a time when people were entertained by stimulating conversation. The San Francisco backdrop also is the perfect setting for a movie that challenged racial convention.

But there are a few serious flaws. This is an introductory role for Katharine Houghton (Hepburn's niece) who plays Sidney Portier's fiancé--Johanna Drayton. Her inexperience is apparent, particularly in comparison to heavyweights Portier, Tracy and Hepburn and as a result, she is unconvincing in the part. Moreover, her character is not well-written or well-developed which makes it difficult to understand why Sidney Portier's character--John Prentice-would fall in love with a woman who appears to have so little to offer intellectually --given his significant professional achievements as a doctor. One also must ask why it was necessary for his character to be cast as a doctor in order to be seen as an acceptable partner for a young white woman who had not really accomplished anything accept being born into a privileged family. The answer is simple. Making Prentice a doctor-and not just any doctor-but a world renowned expert in tropical medicine, made the interracial relationship more acceptable to white audiences during the 1960s.

The other cast members are outstanding and the on-screen chemistry phenomenal. Katharine Hepburn (Christina Drayton) and Spencer Tracy (Newspaper Publisher Matt Drayton) deliver brilliant performances as Johanna's parents. John Prentice's modest working class parents are played with great dignity by Beah Richards and Roy E. Glen. Mrs. Prentice and Mrs. Drayton favor the marriage and both characters provide passionate, articulate arguments as to why their husbands should agree. But their husbands voice serious objections and the families spend the evening in intense discussions over the issue, accurately reflecting the racial fears that existed 40 years ago. Prentice's father reminds him that in many states interracial marriage is illegal and that he is "getting out of line." There are also a number of very memorable and funny lines. In the scene in which Matt Drayton wonders why "the colored kids dance better than the white kids", Portier's response is classic--"you dance the Watusi, but we are the Watusi!"(For readers under 40, the Watusi was a popular dance in the 1960s and also an African tribe). Cecil Kelloway, who plays friend of the family, Monsignor Ryan, deftly brings a sense of humor and moral guidance that is effective because it is not "preachy". He challenges Matt Drayton's liberal credentials and suggests that Drayton's misgivings about his daughter marrying a black man reveal his hypocrisy. Isabel Sanford ("Weezy from The Jeffersons TV program) plays the feisty maid of the Draytons.

It's been said that in the final scene Tracy--who was very ill at the time and who died shortly after the movie was completed--delivered one of the longest soliloquies in American film history, in only one take. Katherine Helpurn was clearly so moved by the scene that it's hard to believe that she is just acting as her eyes brim with tears.

Although the some of the sentiments are dated, this film is highly entertaining, and provides a rare opportunity to experience outstanding performances from six gifted actors who bring compassion and depth to Stanley Kramer's film. Its' angst relative to interracial marriage also reminds us of how far we have not come.

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