Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor's parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. (official distributor synopsis)

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lamps 

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English I'm missing movies like this at the moment. It's true that racism may not be as hot in the US today as it was for most of the last century, but good and socially sensitive conversations like this have fallen off the map, which is just wrong. Unless you are both blind and deaf to the boundless kindness with which even all would-be Christians used to treat the black population, these 100 minutes of clever dialogue and impressive performances will undoubtedly captivate you. Thank God that recently at least the philanthropist Tarantino transformed the issue into a purely modern concept… ()

novoten 

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English Although my beloved atmosphere of classic American dramas enveloped me, I ultimately couldn't escape disappointment. There is no shortage of the usual beautiful conversations, but this time a good story is missing. I fully understand the protagonists in what they feel, but even though I hold the opinion that love must be fully and unthinkingly embraced, I don't understand why they insist on getting married after just ten days and strongly reject any hint of delay. Despite Joey's cuteness and charm, she is incredibly annoying with her attitude of "approve it quickly, we're leaving in so many hours". The final resolution is nice, but in the interest of maintaining comprehensible non-conflict, the whole problem is too simplified. Racism and ethnicity don't go together with romantic comedy, so only the brilliant acting performances remain. ()

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gudaulin 

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English a Legendary film that very much embraced the concept of America devoid of racial segregation and ethnic prejudice when it was made. It then represented one of the cultural symbols of the fight for equality of the black minority. Decades later, it is apparent that the film exerts too much of an educational and textbook-like influence. It presents an anxiously polished idealistic thesis model with a black suitor without a single flaw. The couple of older suitors who come up with the story that it took them 20 minutes to fall in love forever and intend to get married after a 10-day acquaintance, represents a remarkable sign of immaturity and straightforward heading toward a life disaster, regardless of the racial issue. It was a serious issue in the mid-60s - contempt and harassment from the surroundings toward the mixed couple were the more bearable option, as in many places there was a real threat of lynching. Moreover, the daughter gives the impression of a young lady from a wealthy family with a liberal upbringing, who did not have to deny herself much in life and was not taught to face difficult obstacles. If Kramer's film still receives positive feedback today, it is mainly due to the theme, which is still relevant in a general sense. By the way, do you know who's coming to dinner? But above all, the popularity of the film is due to the cast. Three out of four main actors belong in the film Hall of Fame and it is a pleasure to watch them. For Spencer Tracy, it was a worthy end to his long artistic career. Regarding the issue at hand, it could be added that, even though it may not seem like it according to Hollywood films, racially mixed couples, except for major cities on the East Coast, are still not common in America today. Overall impression: 80%. ()

kaylin 

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English A film about racism that tries in a rather bearable way to show which direction we can take to push our prejudices aside and maybe even get rid of them someday. Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn deliver magnificent performances, being both ordinary and capable of conveying great ideas in a tolerable manner. ()

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