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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • NR
  • 1h 48m
  • 1967
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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award ® for Best Actress for her performance) are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor's parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. In Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society's prejudices.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: More well-intentioned than insightful in its approach to interracial marriage, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner succeeds thanks to the fizzy chemistry of its star-studded ensemble.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Civil rights, love, and family drama in '60s classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? is a classic 1967 that addresses the complexities of prejudice, racism, and bigotry as it pertains to a young interracial couple approaching their parents for the first time to discuss their impending (and hotly contested) marriage. The main conflict revolves around disagreements between parents and their children about interracial marriage and the generation gap in general. There is one use of the "N" word, spoken in the heat of a passionate diatribe delivered by an African-American maid to the groom-to-be. Outdated terms for African Americans such as "Negro" and "colored" are used. There is occasional profanity such as "bitch" and "hell." Overall, this movie remains relevant as it shows the simplicity and beauty of love amidst the complexities and ugliness of prejudice and bigotry in American society.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:December 11, 1967
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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