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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? Movie Review Summary

Actors: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn

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Joanna, a white girl falls in love with John, a black doctor while on vacation in Hawaii. They spend the next two weeks together, fall madly in love and plan to marry while on one of John's business trips.
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Joanna and John's next hurdle comes when they must tell their parents that they're in love and intend to marry.
Joanna's parents, Matt and Christine, are tireless liberal rights supporters, but are shocked to find their daughter in love with a black man.
John's parents are also shocked to find their son in love with a white girl.
Joanna's and John's mothers are supportive from the beginning, but their fathers are against it.
After much discussion and reasoning, Mike finally realizes how much in love Joanna and John are.
John's father is still unsure, but with everyone else in support, he has no choice but to go along with it.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson




This 1967 film confronted the explosive issue of interracial marriage by loading the dice, with well-to-do, nominally liberal characters played by established stars -- and makes sure the couple doesn't kiss or embrace on screen. Successful older California couple Matt and Joey Drayton (Tracy and Hepburn) are startled when their daughter Christina (Hepburn's niece, Katharine Houghton, by far the weakest link in the lineup) brings home a black fiance. Of course, he's a doctor who lives in Switzerland, and played by urbane and unflappable Sidney Poitier. Mother adjusts fairly easily, but Dad has to be sold on the idea a little more forcefully. Despite the dated and sometimes lame script and plotting, Tracy and Poitier act with considerable conviction. Hepburn unaccountably took home the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress, although Tracy's is the stronger work (and he died just 10 days after filming the final scene).
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



Script Analysis of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism! Lover is...    -   of another race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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