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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT164-BR

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn , Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards
Directed By:  Stanley Kramer
Composed By:  Frank De Vol

“A joy to see, an evening of superb entertainment…It will make you laugh and may even make you cry.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A most delightfully acted and gracefully entertaining film…Mr. Rose has written a deliciously swift and pithy script, and Mr. Kramer has made it spin brightly in a stylish ambience of social comedy.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“An outstanding Stanley Kramer production, superior in almost every imaginable way, which examines its subject matter with perception, depth, insight, humor and feeling.” – Variety

Another classic from producing/directing powerhouse Stanley Kramer, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) is a dramedy lightly treating the heaviest of subjects: race in America. Here, a crusading liberal couple – gorgeously played by that legendary team, Spencer Tracy (in his last film role) and Katharine Hepburn – find their beliefs tested when their daughter (Hepburn’s real-life niece, Katharine Houghton) arrives home with her new fiancé: a handsome, brilliant African American (the handsome, brilliant Sidney Poitier). Nominated for ten Oscars®, the film won two: Best Actress for Hepburn and Best Original Screenplay for William Rose.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1967 / Color
108 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo / Introductions by Karen Kramer, Steven Spielberg, Tom Brokaw, and Quincy Jones / A Love Story for Today / A Special Kind of Love / Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth / Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award / 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Editions of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Gary Roberson on September 25, 2017 4:47 AM
This movie's hard to take. It's one of those 60's movies that tries to be hip, and ends up being "dated". I love so many of Stanley Kramers movies, but IMHO, this one falls flat on its face. It wears all of its hard left liberal agendas on its sleeves, and the characters end up sounding like they just came from an ACLU meeting. Liberals are hard to take to begin with, and extremely wealthy liberals, like the Hepburn and Tracy characters in this misfire, are so annoying as to be unwatchable. The only characters I liked in the film were Sidney Potier and the black housemaid...yes, that's right, the rich liberals have a black housemaid! The girl who plays the daughter is so self-righteous and annoyingly perky, that I felt myself yelling to Potiers character to get away from her and just leave the state of California, ASAP!

Posted by Mark Turner on October 23, 2017 4:39 PM
I had seen GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER when it was first released. At the time it held no particular meaning for me, after all I was only 10 years old and had no concept yet about the topic of racism. To me people were just people and skin color meant little. Watching it now and remembering various items through the history of our country I can see where at the time it would have been highly controversial. What I didn’t realize until now was just how funny the movie is as well.

The story revolves around a young couple, Joey Drayton (Katherine Houghton) and John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), who have met in Hawaii and immediately fallen in love. The only issue is the fact that Joey is white and John black. While that might seem normal today in 1967 it was still controversial. The thing is Joey thinks that her parents will have no problem with this.

What she discovers is that her parents while tending to be liberal are what has been termed “limousine liberals”. That is to say they are well off, preach one thing and then do the opposite. The shock on their faces as each finds out is both interesting and hilarious. Joey’s mother Christina (Katherine Hepburn) is perplexed at first but seeing how filled with joy her daughter is soon accepts her choice.

Joey’s father Matt (Spencer Tracy) is another matter. Matt has supported causes all his life as the publisher of the newspaper The Guardian. Now that one of these causes has arrived on his doorstep he’s not quite as embracing. He knows the uphill battles the two will experience when exposed to public scrutiny. His reasons are not bigoted at all when looked at but more one of concern. Or are they? This is something that he must wrestle with on his own terms, confronting the possibility that he does harbor some sense of racist attitude.

Not only are Joey’s parents faced with this in the most sudden manner but their acceptance is put on fast forward. John, a world renowned doctor, is on his way to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization. They only have that night with them and John tells Matt in private that without his blessing there will be no marriage. All weighs on Matt’s shoulders now.

If this weren’t enough another fly is tossed into the ointment. While talking to his mother and father on the phone Joey interrupts and invites them to dinner at her parent’s house that night. What she doesn’t know is that John hasn’t told his parents about her yet either and he’s not expecting them to be as accepting as hers are which is strained at best.

There is plenty of support around the main theme here to provide plenty of both laughs and insight. Isabell Sanford as the Drayton’s housekeeper offers her own opinions asked or not throughout the film and sees it as something wrong. Cecil Kellaway as longtime family friend and golf partner for Matt Monsignor Ryan also weighs in from time to time. Each of the characters brings to the table a different perspective to the situation.

What was once thought of as a problem now seems common place. So when watching this film you have to place yourself in the mindset of what was going on back then. It shows how far we’ve come in 50 years. And at the same time with the number of racial issues coming to light in recent years it shows how we still have far to go. Perhaps not as far as in 1967, but there is still room to grow.

What surprised me most while watching the film was that they’ve taken a hot topic for the time and made it one of the funniest things I’ve watched in some time. The theme itself isn’t funny but the reactions of all involved create some of the funniest moments ever put on film.

One special note on the film is that it was Tracy’s last. During production he was seriously ill and many takes were done in short spurts in an effort to help him. He gives a tremendous performance here with a final speech that is filled with insight and affection from his character for his daughter. Both Hepburn and director Stanley Kramer put up their salaries in escrow until he completed his scenes to since the insurance company on the film had such a high premium on him. He completed his last scene on May 24, 1967 and died 17 days later on June 10th. He received a posthumous Oscar nomination for best actor that year and actually won for best actor at BAFTA.

Twilight Time has done a great job with this one as they always do. Not only are we presented with a clean looking print there are plenty of extras on hand as well. Those include an isolated score track, audio commentary by Karen Kramer, Steven Spielberg, Tom Brokaw and Quincy Jones, A LOVE STORY FOR TODAY featurette, A SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE featurette, STANLEY KRAMER: A MAN’S SEARCH FOR TRUTH featurette, Stanley Kramer accepting the Irving Thalberg Award, the 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer presentation to An Inconvenient Truth and the original theatrical trailer.

As with all Twilight Time releases this one was pressed with only 3,000 copies available. This is a movie that should be on every film fan’s shelf so pick up one immediately if you can.

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