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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Stanley Kramer and produced by Stanley Kramer and George Glass.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorSpencer TracyNominated
Best Supporting ActorCecil KellawayNominated
Best ActressKatharine HepburnWon
Best Supporting ActressBeah RichardsNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Robert Clatworthy; Set Decoration: Frank TuttleNominated
Best DirectorStanley KramerNominated
Best Film EditingRobert C. JonesNominated
Best Music - ScoringDeVolNominated
Best PictureStanley Kramer, ProducerNominated
Best WritingWilliam RoseWon
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GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress

By Margaret Perry on Oct 28, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress Turner Classic Movies will conclude their month of Spencer Tracy today, 29 October, with an evening of the four films he made with director Stanley Kramer. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967) was Spencer Tracy's final film an... Read full article


GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress

By Margaret Perry on Oct 28, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress Labels: 1960s, Beah Richards, Civil Rights, Isabel Sanford, Kathy Houghton, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Stanley Kramer, TCM Turner Classic Movies will conclude their month of Spencer Tracy today, 29 October, wit... Read full article


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Christina Drayton: I don't think I'm going to faint, but I'll sit down anyway.


John: You listen to me. You say you don't want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you've been doing? You tell me what rights I've got or haven't got, and what I owe to you for what you've done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you're supposed to do! Because you brought me into this world. And from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don't own me! You can't tell me when or where I'm out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules. You don't even know what I am, Dad, you don't know who I am. You don't know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it's got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight of you be off our backs! You understand, you've got to get off my back! Dad... Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man. Now, I've got a decision to make, hm? And I've got to make it alone, and I gotta make it in a hurry. So would you go out there and see after my mother?


Tillie: All hell done broke loose now!


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Katharine Hepburn never saw the completed movie. She said the memories of Tracy were too painful.
When the movie was conceived and launched by producer-director Stanley Kramer, one of Hollywood's greatest liberal movie-makers, intermarriage between African Americans and Caucasians was still illegal in 14 states. Towards the end of production, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Loving v. Virginia. The Loving decision was made on June 12, 1967, two days after the death of star Spencer Tracy, who had played a "phony" white liberal who grudgingly accepts his daughter's marriage to a black man. In Loving, the High Court unanimously ruled that anti-miscegenation marriage laws were unconstitutional. In his opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote, "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person
Due to Spencer Tracy's health, the cast was always working from two shooting scripts, one with Tracy, one without. Typically, Katharine Hepburn brought Tracy in the morning, they worked until she decided he was too tired, then Tracy and Hepburn left. Sidney Poitier, who already had received a Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field, was intimidated by working with two legends, and preferred to perform to empty high backed chairs.
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