GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
While it may seem dated to contemporary audiences, in 1967 GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER's depiction of an interracial romance was considered daring. Hollywood had scrupulously avoided the topic for decades, and the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia that did away with the U.S.'s remaining anti-miscegenation laws had just been handed down in June of that same year. The film features Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in their ninth screen pairing, and their final one, as Tracy died just a few weeks after shooting wrapped. The two play Matt and Christina Drayton, an upper-middleclass San Francisco couple whose liberal pieties are tested when their 23-year-old daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton, Hepburn's real-life niece) returns from a Hawaiian vacation with her new fiancé, Dr. John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a 37-year-old widower, with the two having become engaged following a whirlwind romance. While Dr. Prentice is unwilling to pursue the marriage if the Draytons don't approve, it turns out that his parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr. and the Oscar®-nominated Beah Richards) have their own reservations. A box office smash, the film earned ten Oscar® nominations, with Hepburn winning for Best Actress and William Rose for Best Original Screenplay. DIR/PROD Stanley Kramer; SCR William Rose. U.S., 1967, color, 108 min. NOT RATED
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