When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court.
Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels...
Spencer Tracy ... Adam Bonner
Katharine Hepburn ... Amanda Bonner
Judy Holliday ... Doris Attinger
Tom Ewell ... Warren Francis Attinger
David Wayne ... Kip Lurie
Jean Hagen ... Beryl Caighn
Hope Emerson ... Olympia La Pere
Eve March ... Grace, Amanda's Secretary
Clarence Kolb ... Judge Reiser
Of the nine films which paired Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Adam's Rib is often considered the best. Writers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin were friends of the famous couple and wrote the film specifically for them. Kate insisted the film be directed by her favorite screen director, George Cukor, who services the brilliant writing and on-screen chemistry with his trademark elegant staging and unobtrusive style. The result is a comedy that remains the best "battle of the sexes" films ever made.
Cukor must have realized that with Tracy and Hepburn on screen, all the camera really had to do was follow them, frame them, and let the sparks fly.
The screenplay and the actors' off-screen romance are gifts to the film. We feel for both of them, and believe in what both are trying to achieve. It is rare that a film about difference and equality plays so fairly to all parties involved, and also rare that such a sensitive subject can retain its comic appeal. But for all the film says about equality, Adam's Rib ultimately serves to remind us that when it comes to Hepburn and Tracy, there is no equal.
'Adam's Rib' is a film which never seems to age, but just gets better and better!
* In her early monologue scene with Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday can be seen trembling. This was not acting, but nervousness. The inexperienced Judy Holliday was terrified of performing with Katharine Hepburn.
* Katharine Hepburn reportedly urged director George Cukor to focus the camera on Judy Holliday during a number of their shared scenes, not only because she was a fan of the new-to-movies Judy Holliday but because it was hoped the studios would see how terrific Judy Holliday was and cast her as the lead in Born Yesterday (1950), the role she'd created on Broadway. (It worked.)
* The movie's line "Licorice, mmmm. If there's anything I'm a sucker for, it's licorice." was voted as the #60 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
* In the scene in which Amanda is driving Adam to work, he tells her: "Oh, you're giving me the Bryn Mawr accent". Bryn Mawr College was Katharine Hepburn's alma mater where she claimed to have gained her distinctive voice.
Amanda y Adam Bonner son un idílico matrimonio de abogados cuya paz conyugal se ve afectada cuando se enfrentan en el tribunal como fiscal y defensor, respectivamente, del mismo caso: una mujer es juzgada por disparar contra su marido y la amante de éste. Adam no duda en la culpabilidad de la acusada, pero Amanda basa su defensa en la igualdad de derechos.
REPARTO: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen