Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner


About 55 years ago, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton got crazy in Hollywood and filmed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967, not rated, 108 minutes). It was a blockbuster. Houghton (white girl) and Poitier (black guy) played lovely young people who were in love, and everybody got with the program by the end of the movie, and they had dinner and they lived happily ever after. (There were Oscars). 

It’s a poignant and dramatically dynamic movie. Every character throws firecrackers, and everybody catches the firecrackers with high art and deftly normalized social criticism and passionate declarations about the right thing. There’s a pretty good dose of truth in most of the scenes.

This movie doesn’t get old. It encourages straight talk, like “If you love somebody, do what lovers do.”

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