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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 »
NewsDesk:
(134 articles)
Review: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer Can't Save Monochromatic 'Black or White'
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 17 October 2014, 10:19 AM, PDT)

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User Reviews:
Overlook the "dated" aspect. 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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
The three-inch bronze sculpture of Spencer Tracy featured in the film was created by Katharine Hepburn herself and was one of the items that were included in her estate auction in 2004. The bust was the most sought-after item and fetched the most money - it sold for $316,000, whereas pre-auction estimates were in the neighborhood of $3,000-$5,000.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 »

FAQ

Getting married after only 10 days of knowing each other? That's crazy!
Is "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" based on a book?
Is it true that interracial marriage was once illegal in the United States?
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Overlook the "dated" aspect., 6 July 1999
Author: yenlo from Auburn, Me

This film is of course dated in many portions but still remains a powerful motion picture over thirty years after its release. Superb acting and dialog is what overcomes the dated aspect. Hepburn and Tracy are Matt and Christina Drayton a wealthy and successful couple who have a daughter named Joey played by Katherine Houghton who comes home and tells them she has met the man of her dreams. The only problem in the story is that he is of a different race. Sidney Poitier is John Wade Prentice a successful individual who is the man of Joeys dreams and is of the different race. The Draytons are people who in theory hold no prejudice toward any one regardless of their race, color or creed but now have those same views put harshly to the test when it's their own daughter involved. Sort of like the NIMBY philosophy "YES YES build more prisons, build more nuclear power plants, build more missile silos but Not In My BackYard! " Sure I believe in interracial marriage as long as it's not my daughter".

John Wades parents essentially share the same views as the Draytons. However Johns parents particularly his father played by Roy E. Glenn Sr. seems more realistic when speaking to his child about the situation than does Matt Drayton. He tells his son the way it really is and most likely will be. "You'll even be illegal in some states" he reminds his son. The two couples eventually come to grips with the fact that no matter what they say they will not be able to prevent their two children from going through with their plans. Spencer Tracy throughout his film career delivered many powerful lines of dialog. The final moments of this film he delivers perhaps his greatest. Which also turned out to be his last. AFI ranked this film number ninety-nine on their list of top one hundred. Because of it's powerful story and social issue it deserved to be higher. Other films that deal with interracial marriage to see are 1956's GIANT and 1961's Bridge to the Sun.

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