Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

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Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Titles: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
People: Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton
Countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, United States
Languages: English
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 1967 American comedy-drama movie Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Old-line liberals Matt and Christina Drayton (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) have raised their daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton) to think for herself and not blindly conform to the conventional.

Still, they aren’t prepared for the shock when she returns home from a vacation with a new fiancé: African-American doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier).

While they come to grips with whatever prejudices they might still harbor, the younger folks must also contend with John’s parents (Roy Glenn Sr. and Beah Richards), who are dead-set against the union.

To complicate matters, the older couple’s disapproving maid (Isabel Sanford) and Christina’s bigoted business associate (Virginia Christine) put in their two cents’ worth.

While Joey is determined to go ahead with the wedding no matter what people think, John refuses to consider marriage until he receives the unqualified approval of all concerned.

The closing monologue delivered by Spencer Tracy turned out to be the last scene ever played by the veteran film luminary, who died not long after the production.

The film was a success in the racially volatile year of 1967 and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won for Hepburn and screenwriter William Rose.

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like some of the colors in this movie and how some colors like the color yellow really stood out, some of the acting and how it reminded me of how some people really act, the topic that this movie is about, and how this movie is still relevant today; and I think that other people will like that as well.

Final Thoughts

This movie held up better than I had expected for an older movie, I liked this movie better than I had expected, and amazingly and sadly it is still relevant today so I would say that it is a classic.

I think that this movie can still help make some social change even today, and I think that most people (especially in The United States) should see this movie at least once.

I possibly still liked A Patch Of Blue better than this movie and / or that movie possibly connected with me more personally than this one, but this movie definitely has more potential when it comes to helping people deal with this topic and I think that it could actually help some people move away from racism (I wish that people would also move away from race itself, which I do not believe in or support or identify with, and so I am anti-race I guess you could say).

I would probably rate this movie a 4 out of 5.

The end,

-John Jr

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