Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ()

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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

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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 ...
Grace Gaynor ...
Delivery Boy
Cab Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Core ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Singer (uncredited)
Small Role (uncredited)
Yuki Tani ...
Japanese Waitress (uncredited)
June Whitley Taylor ...
Edie (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Stanley Kramer

Written by

William Rose ... (written by)

Produced by

Georges Glass ... associate producer
Stanley Kramer ... producer

Music by

Frank De Vol ... (as De Vol)

Cinematography by

Sam Leavitt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Robert C. Jones

Editorial Department

Tony Friedman ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

Robert Clatworthy

Set Decoration by

Frank Tuttle

Makeup Department

Joe DiBella ... makeup artist (as Joseph Di Bella)
Helen Hunt ... hair stylist
Ben Lane ... makeup artist

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)


John Hudkins ... stunt double Spencer Tracy (uncredited)

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)

Music Department

Frank De Vol ... conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited)
Mike Deasy ... musician (uncredited)
Carol Kaye ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor

Other crew

Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Devine qui vient dîner? (France)
  • Rat mal, wer zum Essen kommt (Germany)
  • Adivina quién viene esta noche (Spain)
  • Endevina qui ve a sopar (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Rat mal, wer zum Essen kommt (Austria)
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  • 108 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In the scene near the end where Spencer Tracy gives his memorable soliloquy, Katharine Hepburn can be seen crying in the background. This was not acting: she knew how gravely ill her longtime lover was and was moved by his remarks about how true love endures through the years. See more »
Goofs The car the Draytons are driving is a two-door sedan (with a pillar holding the roof up, and a full frame around the door glass) when seen in exterior shots. Once they're at the drive-in, it becomes a two-door hardtop (no pillar, and no frame around the glass). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Glory of Love See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Matt Drayton: Now Mr. Prentice, clearly a most reasonable man, says he has no wish to offend me but wants to know if I'm some kind of a *nut*. And Mrs. Prentice says that like her husband I'm a burned-out old shell of a man who cannot even remember what it's like to love a woman the way her son loves my daughter. And strange as it seems, that's the first statement made to me all day with which I am prepared to take issue... cause I think you're wrong, you're as wrong as you can be. I admit that I hadn't considered it, hadn't even thought about it, but I know exactly how he feels about her and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you son feels for my daughter that I didn't feel for Christina. Old- yes. Burned-out- certainly, but I can tell you the memories are still there- clear, intact, indestructible, and they'll be there if I live to be 110. Where John made his mistake I think was in attaching so much importance to what her mother and I might think... because in the final analysis it doesn't matter a damn what we think. The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it's half of what we felt- that's everything. As for you two and the problems you're going to have, they seem almost unimaginable, but you'll have no problem with me, and I think when Christina and I and your mother have some time to work on him you'll have no problem with your father, John. But you do know, I'm sure you know, what you're up against. There'll be 100 million people right here in this country who will be shocked and offended and appalled and the two of you will just have to ride that out, maybe every day for the rest of your lives. You could try to ignore those people, or you could feel sorry for them and for their prejudice and their bigotry and their blind hatred and stupid fears, but where necessary you'll just have to cling tight to each other and say "screw all those people"! Anybody could make a case, a hell of a good case, against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you're two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if - knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel- you didn't get married. Well, Tillie, when the hell are we gonna get some dinner?
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