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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 9 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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(133 articles)
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Surprisingly fresh for a thirty year old, and still relevant See more (273 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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

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Trivia:
This movie was still showing in theaters at the time Martin Luther King was assassinated. Originally, there was a line in the movie where Joey (Katharine Houghton) tells the maid another person is coming to dinner, to which Tillie (Isabel Sanford), the maid guesses, "The Reverend Martin Luther King?" When King was murdered, the studio immediately called the theaters showing the film and gave instructions to cut that scene from the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Matt is dressing before dinner and talking to Monsignor Ryan, he begins to tie his tie. When the camera switches to a front view of him, he hasn't begun to tie it yet and is still buttoning his top button.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

Is "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" based on a book?
What did Joey mean when she likened her parents to the governor of Alabama?
Do John and Joey get married?
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50 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly fresh for a thirty year old, and still relevant, 9 May 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan (toldyaso@planeteer.com) from Toronto, Canada

Seeing this film for the first time more than thirty years after it was made, I was struck by the theme's endurance in time. It remains relevant today, even if not to the same degree. And even though I'm almost thirty years old, I can say with mixed emotions of embarrassment and vindication, that Spencer Tracy taught me a better way to tie a tie. Who's says movies don't teach you anything?

The film is dated, to be sure, by many things, from clothing to music, cars and expressions. At times the dialogue seemed a bit hokey, and others, simply brilliant. I swear, I half expected an entourage of go-go dancers to spontaneously burst through the streets of San Francisco. And if I never hear the "Story Of Love" ever again in my life, it would be too soon.

But I can't help but think that the more things change in thirty years, sometimes they remain the same. Certainly there's more examples of interracial couples today than thirty years ago, and therefore a greater degree of tolerance, but for a lot of narrow-minded individuals, it's still as controversial or "appalling" as it was thirty years ago.

Some of the lines actually had me laughing out loud, enjoying the moment as it follows into another well complimented scene. I'm speaking in particular of the scene where Katharine Hepburn fires her employee for her prejudicial views, and basically everything that follows that scene for the next five minutes.

I try my best to imagine what it would be like to be in the shoes of any character in the film, to appreciate what it might've been like for them, in that time, and while I think I can muster an inkling, I don't think my creativity is up to a challenge of that nature. And I think that ultimately, that's a good thing, and I'm grateful to those who came before.

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