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Feb 25, 2005

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

It might have been a very topical and relevant movie in 1967, the year which it came out. Starring Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy, it is the story of a day in the life of a rich liberal couple in the late sixties San Francisco whose daughter brings home a black man, she'd like to marry. Katherine Houghton, who is actually Katherine Hepburn's niece plays her daughter in the film.

The movie is like a history lesson, albeit an engaging one, about the people and the racial prejudices that plagued the United States before the seventies. I understand why Sidney Poitier is a great actor. Spencer Tracy died two week after the filming of this movie, so his long and powerful monologue at the end of the movie is a fitting tribute to the great actor he was.