Movie of the Month


Film Title: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Event No : 1
Date of Screening : 10-Nov-2012
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Suhasini Maniratnam

Stanley Kramer



Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a family drama touching upon the subject of cross-race marriage. The movie begins with Joanna Drayton introducing her fiancee, John, a black physician, over dinner. The parents though bringing up their daughter with liberal thoughts find it difficult to come to terms with the idea of having a black son-in-law. Meanwhile, John's parents also fly down to the dinner at Draytons, only to discover that their future daughter-in-law is white. The movie revolves around the reaction that the family experiences and their final stand about the marriage.

Language: English
Running Time: 108 mins
Release Date: December 11, 1967
CBFC/MPAA Rating: -
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Produced by: Stanley Kramer
Written by: William Rose
Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway, Beah Richards, Roy E.Glenn
Music by: Frank DeVol
Shot by: Sam Leavitt/td>
Editing by:
Robert C. Jones

About the Film

The Draytons are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancée who is black.


  1. Spencer Tracy died 17 days after filming was completed.
  2. Katharine Hepburn never saw the completed movie. She said the memories of Tracy were too painful.
  3. Katharine Hepburn's character's daughter is played by Hepburn's actual niece Katharine Houghton Spencer Tracy's glasses have no lenses throughout the film.


  1. Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay at The Oscars 1967
  2. Best Actor and Actress at BAFTA 1968
  3. Best Foreign Producer, Actor and Actress at David di Donatello 1968

About the Director

Stanley Earl Kramer was an American director and producer. His movies mainly revolved around social issues that were less ventured.

His romance with movie started with him writing a weekly column for a newspaper. He was later offered paid internship in writing department of 20th century Fox. He did all sorts of jobs in Hollywood, until a period where he decided to create an independent production company in 1947.

His movies have not only earned him the title of "a genuine original" Filmmaker but also has won 16 Academy awards and 80 nominations. Kramer breathed his last on February 19, 2001.


About the Guest

Suhasini Maniratnam is a well-known actress in South Indian Cinema and recipient of multiple National and Filmfare awards across southern film industries.

A student of Madras film Institute, she has ventured into cinematography as a camera assistant, acting, make up, direction and dialogue writing.

An ardent cinema lover, she is very active in social service circuit.

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