Classic Film Guide

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

This film is an essential comedy drama about a progressive father and mother who are forced to face their own ideals when their daughter wants to marry a Black doctor. The cast is spectacular from top to bottom including Spencer Tracy, receiving his last Best Actor Academy Award nomination (posthumously) for his final role and Katharine Hepburn (her second of four Best Actress Oscar wins) as the married parents, Katharine Houghton as their daughter, Sidney Poitier as the aforementioned doctor, Cecil Kellaway (The Luck of the Irish (1948)) who received a Best Supporting Actor nomination playing their family friend in the clergy, and Beah Richards (who received her only Academy recognition with a Best Supporting Actress nomination) and Roy Glenn as the doctor's parents. Director and Producer (Best Picture) Stanley Kramer was also Oscar nominated; William Rose (Genevieve (1953)) won for his Story and Screenplay, Written Directly for the Screen. The movie's Art Direction-Set Decoration, Editing and Score also received nominations. #99 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. #58 on AFI's 100 Greatest Love Stories list. #35 on AFI's 100 Most Inspiring Movies list.

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