Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Directed by Stanley Kramer. US. 1967. NR. 108 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Sun., February 28, 2016
Although time may have rendered its theme of liberal, upper-middle-class white parents coming to terms with their daughter’s intent to marry an African-American man somewhat passé, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” is wonderful opportunity to watch stars, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier, strut their stuff. With a fine supporting cast, including Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, and Isobel Sanford, this is an often witty and (for its time) quite thought-provoking film. (Tracy, Kellaway and Richards were nominated for Oscars for their performances, and Hepburn won for hers, as did William Rose for his screenplay.) The acting is wonderful, especially from Tracy, in his final screen performance and, despite the seriousness of its subject matter, all concerned seem to be having a grand time. You will too. (Bill Roth)