Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Poster

Release Date: February 26th, 1999

DVD Release Date: February 2nd, 1999

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary
When Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. Also attending the Draytons' dinner are Prentice's parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr., Beah Richards), who vehemently disapprove of the relationship.

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy E. Glenn Sr., Virginia Christine

Director: Stanley Kramer

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Emotional, Mother, Forbidden love, Marriage, Amusing, 1960s, Father, Doctor

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A wishy-washy, sanctimonious plea for tolerance, directed with Kramer's customary verbosity and stodginess. show more

  • It would be easy to tear the plot to shreds and catch Kramer in the act of copping out. But why? On its own terms, this film is a joy to see, an evening of superb entertainment. show more

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is an outstanding Stanley Kramer production, superior in almost every imaginable way, which examines its subject matter with perception, depth, insight, humor and feeling. show more

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Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968)
Winner United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Scoring of Music -- Adaptation or Treatment)
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)