Great Moments In Film – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Another movie from 1967 and we have another movie featuring Sidney Poitier. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is the story of love, only with a twist: a young white woman meets and falls in love with an older black man. The film is about the night which they both tell their very surprised parents. There are so many great scenes in it. From Poitier’s confrontation with his father (Roy Glenn), from Katharine Hepburn’s telling off an employee, and the list goes on and on.

While this movie heavily showcases Poitier, the most poignant moments occurs at the end of the movie: Tracy’s monologue. It’s a speech that features it all: it recaps the day’s events and how he’s thinking throughout the entire ordeal. More importantly, it’s a very personal moment for Tracy and Hepburn, who co-starred together in so many movies over their careers. Tracy was very ill and everyone knew his time is short. In fact, he would die just 17 days after the film’s completion. It would be released six months later.

What makes this scene in particular so great is Tracy and Hepburn reacting to one another, only one using words. When he, the character, addresses his wife, one can tell that it’s actually Tracy addressing Hepburn. Her reactions, most notably her weeping, is not acting. It’s her feeding off her long time friend and lover…especially as the end was so very near for Tracy.

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~ by chrislejarzar on January 31, 2011.

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