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

You know,

I just had a thought.

Why don't I check in a hotel

and rest.

- You go find your folks.

- Oh, John.

You wanted to meet them.

Let's go meet them.

The sooner we get it over with,

the better.

Mom may not even be at the gallery.

She'll probably be out to lunch.

Dad's at his office. You may not

meet them till dinner anyway.

You may be wrong about them.

You should have called

and told them we were coming.

You may be in for the biggest shock

of your young life.

After 23 years living

in the same house with them...

don't you think I know

my own mother and father?

I hope so.

There's no problem.

We'll only be a minute, and then

we'd like to go out to Claremont Drive.


I'll see if Mom's

in the office.

- Joey!

- Hilary, hi! How are you?

What a surprise.

- I'll be with you in just a moment.

- Okay.

- Strange.

- One of Hilary's favorites.

It's called a kinetic sculpture.

- A what?

- Look.

Why, isn't that something?

- Darling, what are you doing here?

- I thought Mother might be here.

Mrs. St. George, I'd like you

to meet Dr. Prentice.

Dr. Prentice,

I'm so pleased to meet you.

Mrs. St. George.

Pleasure to see you.

Christina's lunching

with Mr. Cazalet.

I can ring up.

No. Just tell her I'm back

and that I'll be home.

Has something happened?

I mean, is anything wrong?

Something's happened,

but everything's right. Thanks.

How was Hawaii?

Was it fun?

Hawaii was simply unbelievable.

Do you live in San Francisco, Doctor,

or are you just visiting?

- I'm just passing through.

- I see.

- It was a pleasure to have met you.

- Thank you.


No, Hilary runs the gallery now,

but it's Mom who has all the ideas.

Her idea for filling hotel rooms

with originals is brilliant.

It gives people who stay there

time to decide if they want them.

The hotel gets supplied

with free decor.

The guests get to look at good paintings

instead of bad reproductions.

The painter gets a chance to make a sale

and Mom gets her commission.

Next right.

- Isn't that clever?

- Oh, that is clever.

- What do I owe you?

- 10.50, mac.

Twelve bucks, right?



Oh, John.

Come meet Tillie.

Tillie, this is Dr. Prentice.

John, Miss Matilda Binks.

Pleased to meet you, Miss Binks.

I've certainly heard

a great deal about you.

What are you

doing home unexpected?

Your folks didn't know you was coming.

You told them you're back already?

I left a message for Mom

at the gallery.

It's lovely to see you.

I missed you.

You still ain't told me

why you're home early.

- You want those bags to go upstairs?

- Not my two. I'm not staying.

It's personal reasons.

I'll tell you all about it.

You eat any lunch yet,

or you expecting it now?

Could you make us sandwiches and coffee?

We'll have it on the terrace.

Do you like it?

It's beautiful.

Come out

and look from the terrace.

- What?

- Hey, who's that?

That's Dorothy. Isn't she a knockout?

She helps Tillie during the week.

- Which days?

- Never mind.

You know, I ought to call my folks

and get that out of the way.

Okay. Use the phone in the study.

- Are you gonna introduce me?

- Not on the phone.

- Aren't you gonna tell them about me?

- I'd rather write to them.

I have to meet them, don't I?

Before I come to Geneva?

Or are we going to keep our marriage

a secret from them?

Why didn't I think of that?

See, that's a thought.

I'll shut this

in case Dorothy goes by.

Los Angeles, please.

Area code 213.

Axminster, two, four, six, nine, nine.

Time and charges.

Well, I got a right

to my own opinions.

And you want my opinion?

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