Posted by: absntmindedariel | June 4, 2012

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

ImageIf you likeThe Help, Crash, Driving Miss Daisy

Synopsis – Carefree Johanna Dreyton couldn’t be more excited to introduce her handsome fiancé John to her parents. Johanna’s plans for an upbeat meet-the-parents dinner go awry, however, when she fails to mention that her future husband is black. Though the liberal-minded Dreytons attempt to be positive, their fears and wishes for their daughter threaten to override their political views. Things only become more complicated when John’s parents fly in for the evening as well, and both sets of parents come together to save their children from a difficult and unlikely marriage.

Why it’s better– Okay, I know I’ve rambled on in SEVERAL posts about my love for Katharine Hepburn, especially when Spencer Tracy is involved. Instead, let’s start my commentary with my rambling love for Sidney Poitier! The man just oozes elegance and calm. He makes it look so easy to keep your composure when your parents AND your girlfriend’s parents are telling you your marriage is doomed. Not an easy task! And, even though the film is undeniably dated, you can’t help but imagine what it must have meant in ’67 for John to say to his father, “You think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man.”

Now back to Hepburn and Tracy: it must be pointed out that this film was Spencer Tracy’s last. He died a mere seventeen days after filming wrapped. In his final speech to Joey and John, you can see Katharine Hepburn crying in the background–that wasn’t scripted. In her autobiography, she writes about those final days, and how he stayed in her house so she could wait on him and take care of him. For a woman who never married, was very private and used many of her relationships merely for her own gain, this relationship with Tracy seems truly unselfish. Anyway, all that to say it’s really amazing to be able to watch these actors in their last film, in Tracy’s last days.

Oh, and Hepburn won another Oscar (her tenth nomination, and second of four wins).

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