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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 December 1967 (USA)
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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Drayton
... John Prentice
... Christina Drayton
... Joey Drayton
... Monsignor Ryan
... Mrs. Prentice
... Mr. Prentice (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
... Tillie (as Isabell Sanford)
... Hilary St. George
Alexandra Hay ... Carhop
... Dorothy
... Frankie
... Peter
Grace Gaynor ... Judith
... Delivery Boy
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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

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a love story of today

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Comedy | Drama

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12 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rat mal, wer zum Essen kommt  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$56,700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,000,000, 31 January 1970
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1.37 : 1
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Dr. Prentice is in the study without Joey explaining to Mr. and Mrs Drayton behind Joey's back that he will not marry her without their blessing. The books on the right side of the shelf behind the Draytons (especially the one with the red spine on the end) are being held up straight by the small bronze bust. After Dr. Prentice leaves the bust is pulled back to be more centered on the shelf between the books and now the books to the right of it are being held up straight by leaning the book with the red spine against them. 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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Glory of Love
(1936)
by Billy Hill
Sung by Jacqueline Fontaine at the restaurant
Sung offscreen by a chorus during opening and closing credits
Played in the score often
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Everyone deserves a seat at the dinner table
21 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Guess who's coming to dinner is a first class film. It focuses on the subject of interracial marriage and the challenges that can arise. Set in the 1960s, this was definitely topical.

We are treated to first class acting from Sidney Poitier who is arguable one of the greatest and most dignified actors to grace the screen. Great performances from Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn who play shocked and concerned parents. This film also focused on the important issue of walking the talk, righteous people who preach certain ways of living but we see it put to the test when they themselves are in that situation. The parents who raised a unbiased and open minded daughter must deal with her choices.

Spencer Tracey's speech to his daughter and Sidney is one of the best in film. He passes on an important message of understanding and righteousness to not just his daughter and son in law to be but the rest of America watching. A showcase of brilliant acting and messages in a film that was ahead of its time.


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