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Guess Who\'s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Joey Drayton brings her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice (he\'s highly and internationally respected in the medical field, and he\'s impeccably mannered, handsome, well dressed and of a respectable California family), he\'s black.
The film, which covers one busy day in the Drayton home, is essentially a drawing-room comedy, a series of cross-conversations between the young doctor and the girl\'s parents, and finally between all sets of parents and offspring. A simple dinner is extended to include the doctor\'s parents, who fly up from Los Angeles for the evening, and the crusty but benevolent old Irish priest, a friend of the family. Thus, the title of the film . . .
Spencer Tracy ... Matt Drayton
Sidney Poitier ... Dr. John Wade 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
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.
It\'s so easy to criticize this film. The soundtrack from DeVol is *awful*. The film is incredibly dated and there are some scenes, (the scene with the delivery boy and the ice cream shop), that are unbearable, like something out of a Gidget film.
Of course the other problem with this film, 33 years after its production, is who in the year 2000, would be upset about their daughter marrying a Yale educated Doctor?
However, despite all this, Guess Who\'s Coming to Dinner is a great film. The film is wonderful because it was the last film made by one of Hollywood\'s greatest duos, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
This film was made while Spencer Tracy was dying. Spencer had to put his entire salary in escrow in order for the film company to allow him to do the film.
So why did Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy agree to do this film, without immediate payment? Because it\'s a film about forbidden love, it\'s a film about loving someone no matter what society thinks, or what the rules are. This is something Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn knew a great deal about.
What makes this film outstanding is, by the end of the film you realize, Kate and Spencer are not even acting they are relaying their feelings about each other, through the film. Once you catch that, the drama of the final few scenes is just unparalleled and Spencer\'s final speech, about his love for Kate (Christina), can drive even the most twisted soul to tears.
A few things to catch in this film, watch Kate\'s face when Spencer recites the line, \'screw what the rest of the world thinks about your love\'...those are real tears. Watch Spencer Tracey as he paces back and forth on the terrace near the end of the film. He realizes he is about to begin one of the last scenes he will ever film. He\'s line \'well I\'ll be a son of a bitch\'...is more a realization he\'s about to make his last grandstand on the big screen, in his entire career.
Spencer Tracy is one of America\'s greatest actors. This is his last triumph. For that reason alone, it\'s a true cinematic treasure.
Here\'s a great way to spend an afternoon: watching some of the greatest actors of all time in a film that still has relevance today. Such a cast! Hepburn is wonderful as always, very energetic, with no trace of the shakiness of her later years.
Tracy, gruff, the way most probably remember him - sort of a ratcheted up version of the roles he played with Hepburn in earlier years. His ill health is obvious though to the careful observer: voice a little weak at times, and Tracy\'s step missing the \"spring\" of his earlier films. The fact that this his last film was so memorable, and of such quality just adds to his legend.
Potier of course turns in a great performance, impeccable as always.
Watch for Isabel Sanford, (\"The Jefferson\'s\") particularly the one memorable scene where she explains to Potier\'s character just what \"black power\" really is.
Cecil Kellaway sparkles as Monsignor Ryan, and Beah Richards and Roy Glenn, as the parents to Potier\'s character, mirror Hepburn and Tracy.
Indeed, there is so much real honest-to-god acting talent concentrated in this movie, it seems almost unfair, what I\'m about to say: Katharine Houghton, as \'Joey\' is the only character with only 2 dimensions. She\'s the ever-smiling, but clueless daughter and object of Dr. Prentice\' affection. She\'s such a Pollyanna, and remains oblivious to the drama going on all around her, and everyone else conspires to keep her in the dark throughout the entire film. (No wonder her father is concerned.) I think it\'s fair to say that Houghton\'s character is the one weak spot in this otherwise excellent film.
That said, this is a wonderful film that I will always watch when it comes on. It\'s such a treat to watch these legendary actors at work. I highly recommend it.
By the way, there\'s no glass in Spencer\'s eyeglasses during the ending monologue, is there – he\'s wearing only frames, right?
* Katharine Hepburn\'s character\'s daughter is played by Hepburn\'s actual niece Katharine Houghton
* Spencer Tracy died 17 days after filming was completed.
* 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.
* Katharine Hepburn never saw the completed movie. She said the memories of Tracy were too painful.
* Katharine Hepburn had to use her salary as backing in order to make this movie because Spencer Tracy was so ill that the studio didn\'t think that he would make to the end of the picture
* Mr Prentice (Roy Glenn) says to his son John (Sidney Poitier) \"In 16 or 17 states you\'ll be breaking the law. You\'ll be criminals.\" By the time people saw the movie this was no longer true. On June 12th, 1967, the US Supreme Court in the case Loving v Virginia declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.
* In some shots you can clearly see Katharine Hepburn\'s head and hands trembling because of her hereditary shake, e.g., when she is pouring a drink for the Reverend right after his second arrival.
* Due to Spencer Tracy\'s health, the cast was always working from two shooting scripts, one with Tracy, one without. Typically, Katharine Hepburn brought Tracy in the morning, they worked until she decided he was too tired, then Tracy and Hepburn left. Sidney Poitier, who already had received a Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), was intimidated by working with two legends, and preferred to perform to empty high backed chairs.
* Spencer Tracy\'s glasses have no lenses throughout the film.
* Isabel Sanford\'s movie debut.
* When Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton arrive at San Francisco Airport on a United Airlines flight, they take Yellow Cab #1850 in town. The phone number of the cab company is painted on the side of the car. Today, the same number (626-2345) will still get you in touch with Yellow Cab.
* A theatrical play version of \"Guess Who\'s Coming to Dinner\" is being developed, directed by Kenny Leon and adapted for the stage by Todd Kreidler. The producers anticipate the Broadway production will open in the fall of 2008.
* This movie was still showing in theaters at the time Martin Luther King was assassinated. Originally, there was a line in the movie where the maid asked Sidney Poitier, \"Who do you think you are, Martin Luther King?\" When King was murdered, the studio immediately called the theaters showing the film and gave instructions to cut that scene from the movie.