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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Details

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katharine Houghton New Star of the Year - Female 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Clatworthy Best Art Direction 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Spencer Tracy Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Spencer Tracy Best Actor 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Spencer Tracy Best Actor 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Stanley Kramer Best Director 1967 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Stanley Kramer Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kramer Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kramer Best Picture 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kramer United Nations Award 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Beah Richards Best Supporting Actress 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katharine Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cecil Kellaway Best Supporting Actor 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank De Vol Best Adapted Score 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Tuttle Best Art Direction 1967 Nominee

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Matt Drayton
Katharine Hepburn
as Christina Drayton
Sidney Poitier
as John Prentice
Katharine Houghton
as Joey Drayton
Beah Richards
as Mrs. Prentice
Isabel Sanford
as Tillie
Cecil Kellaway
as Monsignor Ryan
Virginia Christine
as Hilary St. George
Alexandra Hay
as Car Hop
Grace Gaynor
as Judith
Thomas Heaton
as Peter

Crew

Stanley Kramer
Director
Stanley Kramer
Producer
Jacqueline Fontaine
Songwriter
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Clatworthy
Production Designer
George Glass
Associate Producer
Frank A. Tuttle
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Geza Gaspar
Special Effects
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