Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Synopsis: After a period of vacation in Hawaii, Joanna "Joey" Drayton returns to her parents' home in San Francisco bringing her fiancé, the high-qualified Dr. John Prentice, to introduce him to her mother Christina Drayton that owns an art gallery and her father Matt Drayton that is the publisher editor of the newspaper The Guardian. Joey was raised with a liberal education and intends to get married with Dr. John Prentice that is a black widower and needs to fly on that night to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization. Joey invites John's parents Mr. Prentice and Mrs. Prentice to have dinner with her family and the couple flies from Los Angeles to San Francisco without knowing that Joey is white. Christina invites also the liberal Monsignor Ryan, who is friend of her family. Along the day and night, the families discuss the problems of their son and daughter.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Stanley Kramer
Production: Columbia Pictures Corporation
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

I don't care to see a member

of my own race getting above hisself.

Then I don't want your opinion,

and if I ever do, I'll ask for it.

Oh, Tillie, I'm sorry.

I didn't mean that, but you can't mean

what you're saying either.

And you're so wrong.


You're the last person I'd have expected

to take such a silly attitude.

You know I've always loved you,

and you're just as black as he is.

How could it be all right for me to

love you and wrong for me to love him?

Will you just stop

and think about that?

Listen. What are we having

for dinner tonight?

- Gotta make it something special.

- Celery soup and rump steak.

Oh, now, come on.

Turtle soup and tournedos...

and one of your best pies.

It's Mom!

Joey, darling.

What the hell? Joey!

- Mom, I'm here!

- Hello, darling. Are you all right?

- There's nothing wrong, is there?

- Nothing's wrong. Everything's fine.

I rang the gallery to tell Hilary

that Cazalet agreed to our scheme.

He has? That's marvelous.

I knew he would.

She said you were back. She thought

you might have a surprise for me.

What did she mean?

Do I hear someone?

- Is there someone here?

- Oh, Mom, I'm so happy.

I've never been so happy in all my life.

I'm just...

Bursting. Yeah, I can see that.

And I'm already feeling happy for you.

Do I know him?

No. That's just it.

I only met him myself ten days ago.

You wouldn't believe what's happened

in just ten days.

I think I might if you'd pipe down

long enough to tell me.

- Mom...

- Lots of wonderful things happen...

He's so wonderful!

I've never known anyone like him.

Never known anything like this.

I fell in love with him

in 20 minutes.

Well, that was quick.

Well, Dad, I wanted to stop

on the way back...

but time got so short

and I've got to get to work.

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