Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Hepburn's niece Katharine Houghton. The film contains a (then rare) positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which historically had been illegal in most states of the United States, and still was illegal in 17 states—mostly Southern states—until 12 June 1967, six months before the film was released, roughly two weeks after Tracy filmed his final scene (and two days after his death), when anti-miscegenation laws were struck down by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia. The film was produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. The movie's Oscar-nominated score was composed by Frank DeVol.

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Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black. (source:


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Matt Drayton

John Prentice

Christina Drayton

Joey Drayton

Monsignor Ryan

Mrs. Prentice

Roy Glenn
Mr. Prentice

Hilary St. George


Tom Heaton

Grace Gaynor

Skip Martin
Delivery Boy

John Hudkins
Cab Driver

Natalie Core
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Yuki Tani
Japanese Waitress


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Joanna Drayton: It never occurred to me that I would fall in love with a Negro, but I have, and nothing's going to change that.

(last lines) Matt Drayton: Now Mr. Prentice, clearly a most reasonable man, says he has no wish to offend me but wants to know if I'm some kind of a *nut*. And Mrs. Prentice says that like her husband I'm a burned-out old shell of a man who cannot even remember what it's like to love a woman the way her son loves my daughter. And strange as it seems, that's the first statement made to me all day with which I am prepared to take issue... cause I think you're wrong, you're as wrong as you can be. I admit that I hadn't considered it, hadn't even thought about it, but I know exactly how he feels about her and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you son feels for my daughter that I didn't feel for Christina. Old- yes. Burned-out- certainly, but I can tell you the memories are still there- clear, intact, indestructible, and they'll be there if I live to be 110. Where John made his mistake I think was in attaching so much importance to what her mother and I might think... because in the final analysis it doesn't matter a damn what we think. The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it's half of what we felt- that's everything. As for you two and the problems you're going to have, they seem almost unimaginable, but you'll have no problem with me, and I think when Christina and I and your mother have some time to work on him you'll have no problem with your father, John. But you do know, I'm sure you know, what you're up against. There'll be 100 million people right here in this country who will be shocked and offended and appalled and the two of you will just have to ride that out, maybe every day for the rest of your lives. You could try to ignore those people, or you could feel sorry for them and for their prejudice and their bigotry and their blind hatred and stupid fears, but where necessary you'll just have to cling tight to each other and say "screw all those people"! Anybody could make a case, a hell of a good case, against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you're two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if - knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel- you didn't get married. Well, Tillie, when the hell are we gonna get some dinner?

John: After all, a lot of people are going to think we are a shocking pair.


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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date11 December 1967
US Box Office$57,000,000
Taglinea love story of today
GenreDrama, Romance
Filming LocationsColumbia/Sunset Gower Studios - 1438 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sound MixMono
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassMessage Movie, Family Drama, Comedy of Manners
Niche GenreComedy Drama
MoodStrictly Speaking, Food for Thought
ThemesRace Relations, Interracial/Cross-Cultural Romance, Culture Clash
TonesEarnest, Sentimental, Bittersweet, Wry, Intimate

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