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Guess Who's Been Had at Dinner
Within this intelligently scripted, reputably acted out movie, my answer to my title's muse would be the audience!
Tracey and Hepburn One Last Time
This film captures the last on-screen pairing of Tracey and Hepburn. Their performances do not disappoint in this 60s exploration of interracial marriage. There are fine performances here by Beah Richards, as well, and of course Poitier who was on a roll during this era. There are holes in the story, but good acting makes up for it. The bottom line is that parents can't choose who their children love. No matter what the obstacles may be, each person makes their own choice and must live with it.
Good movie but . . .
- Movie Lady
Despite being a little dated and heavy handed in the message department, this is a ground breaking movie that was important and beneficial in its time. The cast is excellent with one glaring exception - the presence of Katherine Hepburn's niece. Ms. Houghten is clearly grossly over matched by the superlative performances of Mr. Tracy, Ms. Hepburn and Mr. Poitier. I have always found it ludicrous that we are asked to believe that someone as suave, sophisticated and just all around cool as Sidney Poitier and his character would pay any attention to anyone as vapid and, frankly, irritating as Ms. Houghten and her character. But on the other hand, Spencer Tracy's final speech makes up for any other flaws. The words he speaks and the look on Katherine Hepburn's face as he speaks them make for one of the most effecting scenes in movie history in my opinion because we are privileged to see a man telling a woman how much he has loved her, not in a movie, but in real life. That experience is simply extraordinary and, like other reviewers, reduces me to tears without fail. For that moment alone, if for no other, this movie deserves four stars.
A ALL TIME MUST SEE FOR MOVIE LOVERS !
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner should be on your Top 10 movies list ! You can't go wrong with such seasoned actors like Tracy ,Hepburn and Portia for starters. It is cleaver,funny, thought provoking,and timeless. Ever though it is a look back into the 60's and about racial division,it makes us look into our own hearts,and the story stands up today.A wonderful family movie to watch with young people.The chemistry between Hepburn and Tracy was never stronger. It was Mr Tracy's last film and I believe he died shortly after completion. Their closing lines together says it all,and I cry every time I see the love they shared. A true moment when real life, and art cross,and come together. If you have seen this before watch it again. It never gets old. It is a gift that keeps giving .
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- joey emily
I believe the opinion of whether the message is excessive, depends on your age and if you actually grew up around the same time the movie was released. Although, there are situations that continue to be similar, most of us in the 60's experienced t as a "breakthrough" and not necessarily "just" a message. Each generation experiences their own significant "message" which is more personal to them than it may be to other generations.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
- Michael Whitty
1967 was a big year for Sidney Poitier as he starred in "In the Heat of the Night","To Sir With Love", and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" turning heads everywhere with his black-is-as-good-as-white approach. In "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", more of a higher style film than the others, he is a Negro doctor who wants to marry the daughter of a San Francisco newspaper exec. And his parents are coming up to San Francisco from Los Angeles for the dinner. Well, the women are for this marriage but the men are against it and there is only a few hours to turn the men around. Spencer Tracy who was great in this and he later died before the movie hit theaters had to think deeply to effect the happy ending here and gives a great final speech to everyone. So in the late 60s this movie helped people think through interracial marriage even though then..."in some states you would be breaking the law".
one of the two best movies ever made
A TRUE CLASSIC MOVIE. TRACY MADE THE MOVIE WHAT IT WAS. HEPBURN WAS ALSO GREAT. THE LADY THAT PLAYED JOANNA WAS NOT VERY GOOD, OF COURSE THIS WAS HER FIRST MOVIE. SADLY, THEY DON'T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THIS ANY MORE. TODAY'S MOVIES ARE NOTHING BUT VIOLENCE AND SEX. I GUESS SEX SELLS, BUT NOT FOR ME. GIVE ME THE MOVIES FROM THE 1960S. ONE OF THE THREE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME.
- kevin sellers
I agree with Muriel. You want to get messages, go to voicemail. You want interesting, intelligent characters intermixed with action, go to the movies (or the track.)
Miles to go...
I have to disagree with Muriel's review above. Clearly we've not been beaten over the head hard enough...or long enough. As long as we have the kind of people and incidents that transpired in Charleston last week, we will continue to need the message this film so poignantly and intelligently delivers.
Overshoots the mark
I was raised in a very tolerant household, so I expected to like it. Romance and groundbreaking and all that. But this film just beats you over the head with the message. Sheesh. Hard to watch.
I love Mr. Poitier and the entire cast. This was such a ground breaking movie when it appeared. I loved Hepburn and Tracy all the time. What a pair! The supporting cast was great and enjoyable. Thoughtful and fun film too. I think this is a film for the entire family.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - 1967 version
- Heather Martin
This is an overall exceptional film. Mr. Kramer and Mr. Rose made a movie that really makes you think about your own prejudices and how society views certain people.
Guess Who's coming to Dinner?
- Dashiell Barnes
The greatest film of Kramer's career is this successful dramadey which has the final pairing of Hepburn & Tracy. A young woman brings home her black fiance to her parents, whose principal's are tested by their arrival. Poitier & Houghton are great as the lovers, Tracy's final film earned him a posthumous Oscar nomination, Hepburn won her second Academy Award and Kellaway & Richards were nominated as well. The story still has relevance, it's message against racism is toned-down & the story seems always optimistic. Every person with a TV should watch this. I give it a 5/5.
- Doris Boozer
Wonderful movie I love Sidney I love all his movies
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
- A.S. Dyer
I truly well performed, and moving, speech by Tracy to close out this classic motion picture. ASD
- Mr. Blandings
This movie gets to the heart of all outdated ways of thought -- which is that the next generation moves toward progress with optimism, while the older generation, having not seen enough progress in their time is wary with pessimism. Even the liberal-minded Spencer Tracy character, who is a proponent of change and the betterment of mankind, knowing the world as he does, is worried for his daughter's future happiness when she falls for Sidney Poitier's character. Great acting by Tracy, Hepburn, and the supporting cast. Poitier's scene with his father - telling him that the older generation owes everything to their sons and daughters that they are responsible for bringing into this world, and they, in return owe them nothing - is so true and brilliantly said.
One of the Great Landmark Films of the 1960s.
- Frank Harris Horn
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn make their last film together, as they star opposite Sidney Poitier in Stanley Kramer's landmark masterful study of interracial marriages and society's prejudices. Tracy and Hepburn play an aged couple, whose liberal views are put to the test, when their daughter, played by Hepburn's real-life niece, Katharine Houghton, announces her engagement to a black doctor (Poitier), and both families must face each other and examine each other's level of intolerance. Brilliantly written by William Rose, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Ms. Hepburn won her second Oscar as Best Actress. Also starring Cecil Kellaway, Isabel Sanford, Roy E. Glenn, Sr., Beah Richards, Virginia Christine, Skip Martin, Barbara Randolph, John Hudkins, Grace Gaynor & Alexandra Hay. Spencer Tracy died on June 10, 1967.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
- Jay Higgins
A first rate and very poignant drama. What a cast. Sadly, the last teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Incredibly well written, nicely directed, great costumes and score, well edited. Beah Richards is particularly good. She gives a magnificently subtle performance. Hepburn and Tracy are of course incredible, Sidney Poitier gives one of his best performances. A truly great film.
Simply the Best
Anyone who knows anything about movies and the flow in which they are presented must admit that this film has some of the best or if not the best dialogue and camera work ever. The way that Mr Kramer (director) presents each scene and the dialogue between all of the cast is absolutely breath taking with the top 3 at their very best. The subtle exchanges between Poitier's character and Ms. Houghton's is very underated for it's time. Racism was still very active at this time and the way he (Kramer) is able to incorporate innocent touch and feel between the two is remarkable. You must pay attention to their exchanges to really see it. Also the way each character is able to dialogue with the other individual characters alone transcends the movie to where you are able to feel and understand each of their individual thoughts and deepest feelings. It is masterfully presented and very underrated. Katherine Houghton to me is the vehicle that drives all of the other characters to react to her innocence and she does not get enough credit for her ability to carry it the entire movie. Tracy and Hepburn are the best. The only thing I hoped could happen would have been a sequel with their lives after the marriage but I would not have wanted it to happen without Mr Tracy as the father.
One of the greatest performance ever
I became fascinated with the on/off screen couple Tracy and Hepburn. I was so excited when TCM decided to show this film. The movie is very ahead of its time and brilliantly presented the controversy of interracial couples. The scene that moved my heart is the speech given by Mr. Tracy. It was not only a magnificent script, but perhaps his declaration to all about his undying love for Ms. Hepburn. Never have I seen more adoration and confirmation of love than the looks Mr. Tracy and Ms. Hepburn shared during this final movie they made together.
Ms. Hepburn and Mr. Tracy: A Love Story
- David Atkins
Stanley Kramer tackled great thorny subjects in his career such as the Nazi evil in "Judgement at Nuremburg", greed in "Its A Mad Mad Mad World" etc and had a working relationship with the screens finest actor Spencer Tracy, rarely has their been a Director-Actor team that worked so well, so seamlessly, so memorably.Spencer Tracy was an ill man in the mid 1960's and Kramer presented a story to Tracy of racial Integration and together they made movie history in this Columbia film. As is now part of movie lore, Mr. Tracy had a lifelong relationship with another legendary star Katharine Hepburn, and together for the last time this great movie team along with Sidney Poitier made a movie classic. Superbly cast with a fine roster of supporting players, the final scene with Tracy talking about love and his long time love for his wife -played by Miss Hepburn,is one of the greatest scenes in movie history. Only the most jaded could not be moved by Tracy's speech with works on many levels, one for the movie but more meaningful to me, in the last days of his life,talking of his love and respect for Miss Hepburn is movie work at its best. Miss Hepburn says nothing but her eyes tell it all, and movie acting at its greatest.Tracy was nominated for his performance, and Miss Hepburn won Best Actress for her classic performance. Ms. Hepburn always claimed it was an affectionate hug on the Academy's part for Mr. Tracy, but I feel it was most of all for her work and for her lifetime of Integrity. Tracy and Hepburn, Kramer and Potier, legends of Hollywood and at their respective peak in this grand movie.
A Great Movie
- Michael Robinson
I've never seen camera work like this. It is a unique film but still a classic. The message is don't judge people by the color of there skin. This is the greatest movie that deals with racism. Spencer Tracy and Kathern Heburns greatest movie. Movie Magic.