Published On: Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ returns to cinemas for 50th Anniversary in December

Fifty years ago, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner scandalized audiences with its bold depiction of interracial romance – a poignant subject at this time in history, and its depiction of prejudice overcome by love remain powerful and moving. Sidney Poitier delivers a commanding performance as John Prentice, who accompanies his fiancée, Joey, (Katharine Houghton) to her parents’ home – without telling them that he is black. As her parents, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in their final film together.

Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was a box-office sensation across the country, including in the South, where the studio worried that audiences would shy away from its subject. It is, in the words of The New York Times, “a deft comedy and – most of all – a paean to the power of love.”

Screenings: Sunday, December 10 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) and Wednesday, December 13 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time).

Tickets for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Full Synopsis: Oscar® winners Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, along withKatharine Houghton in her screen debut, play a liberal San Francisco family whose peace is broken by the arrival of Oscar® winner Sidney Poitier. Their meeting together offers a microcosm of a nation in the midst of social upheaval inGuess Who’s Coming to Dinnerthe classic, Academy Award®-winning comedy-drama that returns to U.S. cinemas on December 10 and 13 only – exactly 50 years since the film got audiences talking about its treatment of subjects that had never before explored by a major Hollywood film.

Hepburn and Tracy are Christina and Matt Drayton, a wealthy, liberal San Francisco couple whose daughter Joey (Houghton) returns from a trip to Hawaii with an unexpected fiancé: John Prentice (Poitier). He sounds like everything they hope: a doctor who’s even a candidate for the Nobel Peace prize. What they don’t realize is that he’s black, and their leisurely dinner becomes an evening fraught with tension.

Produced and directed by legendary Stanley Kramer from a screenplay written by William RoseGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner was originally released on December 12, 1967 – and a half-century later has lost none of its power to captivate and challenge audiences.

All screenings, which are part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series, will also include specially-produced commentary before and after the feature by TCM Host Tiffany Vazquez.

  • WHO: Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • WHEN:  Sunday, December 10 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
    Wednesday, December 13 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
  • WHERE: Tickets for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 750 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


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