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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 24 nominations.
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Matt Drayton
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John Prentice
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Christina Drayton
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Joey Drayton
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Monsignor Ryan
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Mrs. Prentice
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Mr. Prentice (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
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Tillie (as Isabell Sanford)
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Hilary St. George
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Carhop
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Dorothy
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Frankie
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Peter
Grace Gaynor ...
Judith
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Delivery Boy
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Cab Driver
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Natalie Core ...
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Singer (uncredited)
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Yuki Tani ...
Japanese Waitress (uncredited)
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Edie (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Stanley Kramer

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William Rose ... (written by)

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

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Frank De Vol ... (as De Vol)

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Sam Leavitt ... director of photography

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Robert C. Jones

Editorial Department

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Tony Friedman ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Robert Clatworthy

Set Decoration by

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Frank Tuttle

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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Ivan Volkman ... production supervisor

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Ray Gosnell Jr. ... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Leonard Kunody ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Richard Lawrence ... uncredited
Clarence Peet ... property master
Jim Bochman ... set designer (uncredited)
Will Ferrell ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gabe Resh ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert Martin ... sound
Clem Portman ... re-recording
Charles J. Rice ... sound
James F. Rogers ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Geza Gaspar ... special effects

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Lawrence W. Butler ... process photography (as Larry Butler)

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

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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)

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Joe King ... costumes
Jean Louis ... wardrobe supervisor
Edna Taylor ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

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

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Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Leah Bernstein ... executive secretary to producer (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

After a vacation in Hawaii, Joanna "Joey" Drayton returns to her parents' home in San Francisco bringing her fiancé, the highly-qualified Dr. John Prentice, to introduce him to her parents. Her mother, Christina Drayton, owns an art gallery and her father, Matt Drayton, is the publisher-editor of the newspaper, The Guardian. Joey was raised with a liberal education and intends to marry Dr. John Prentice, a Black widower who needs to fly to Geneva that evening to work with the World Health Organization. Joey invites John's parents to have dinner with her family and the couple flies from Los Angeles to San Francisco without knowing that Joey is white. Christina also invites the liberal Monsignor Ryan, who is a friend of her family. Throughout the day and evening, 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)
  • 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)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Katharine Hepburn never saw the completed movie. She said the memories of Tracy were too painful. See more »
Goofs During all the scenes on the patio, neither the clouds nor the water ever move, revealing the "lovely view" is merely a painted background. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Glory of Love See more »
Quotes John: You listen to me. You say you don't want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you've been doing? You tell me what rights I've got or haven't got, and what I owe to you for what you've done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you're supposed to do! Because you brought me into this world. And from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don't own me! You can't tell me when or where I'm out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules. You don't even know what I am, Dad, you don't know who I am. You don't know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it's got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight of you be off our backs! You understand, you've got to get off my back! Dad... Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man. Now, I've got a decision to make, hm? And I've got to make it alone, and I gotta make it in a hurry. So would you go out there and see after my mother?
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