Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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 Glenn, Virginia Christine

Director: Stanley Kramer

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 100
    Variety

    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

  • 40
    Geoff AndrewTime Out London

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

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Music (Scoring of Music -- Adaptation or Treatment)
Winner Actress
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Winner Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama