History Film / GuessWhosComingToDinner

12th Apr '16 7:28:16 PM Discar
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* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days). The point is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Matt after he has someone check up on John: "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"

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* MeetTheInLaws: A white woman brings home her black fiancee to meet her parents. His parents later show up as well. The film came out in 1967 when it was a very controversial subject.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days). The point is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Matt after he has someone check up on John: "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"
29th Jan '16 1:37:15 AM Spindriver
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* FlatCharacter: A fairly common criticism of both John and Joanna, see below. Joanna originally had a passage of dialogue that could've potentially given the character a bit more depth, but it was ultimately cut.

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* FlatCharacter: A fairly common criticism of both John and Joanna, Joanna: see below. Joanna originally had a passage of dialogue that could've potentially given the character a bit more depth, but it was ultimately cut.



* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days). All this is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Matt after he has someone check up on John: "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"

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* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days). All this The point is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Matt after he has someone check up on John: "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"
29th Jan '16 1:34:41 AM Spindriver
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* DoingItForTheArt: The film's studio backers were initially concerned that the terminally ill Tracy would be unable to make it through the shooting. Kramer and Hepburn put up some of their salaries to back up Tracy's insurance coverage.



* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days).
** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Matt after he has someone check up on John. "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"
* RealLifeRelative: Katharine Houghton, who plays Joey, was Katharine Hepburn's real-life niece.

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* PositiveDiscrimination: Poitier's character is so ridiculously perfect in every conceivable way that he hardly seems human.[[note]]He's a medical doctor. He graduated ''Summa Cum Laude'' from one of the most prestigious medical schools in the world. He had a wife and son who died in a tragic accident, thereby proving he had what it takes to be a good father. He's a managing director of the World Health Organization, who's saved the lives of thousands of African citizens. The only thing he's missing is a Nobel Peace Prize, and you can be sure he's on the short list for ''that'', too.[[/note]] This was deliberate (if a bit Anvilicious) on the part of the filmmakers, so that the only possible objection to his marrying Joanna would be his race (and the fact she had only known him for ten days).
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days). All this is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Matt after he has someone check up on John. John: "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who the hell would believe him?!"
* RealLifeRelative: Katharine Houghton, who plays Joey, was Katharine Hepburn's real-life niece.
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* ThoseTwoActors: This was the ninth and final screen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
20th Jan '16 6:42:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MalcomXerox: John is not an example, but Tilly accuses him of being this.

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* MalcomXerox: MalcolmXerox: John is not an example, but Tilly accuses him of being this.
20th Jan '16 6:42:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MalcomXerox: John is not an example, but Tilly accuses him of being this.
20th Jan '16 5:58:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheAce: John is a very accomplished and well-respected doctor.


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* CallingTheOldManOut: Near the end of the movie, John gives his father a serious tongue-lashing.
2nd Sep '15 12:25:51 AM JB0187
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* IrishPriest: Monsignor Ryan

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* IrishPriest: Monsignor RyanRyan.
20th Apr '15 1:12:30 AM vifetoile
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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: John gets accused of the more negative steteotype of this by the maid.

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: John gets accused of the more negative steteotype stereotype of this by the maid.
3rd Apr '15 1:39:24 AM Aquila89
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* StarDerailingRole: This film was Poitier's final major star turn. After this film with him playing the ludicrously perfect and deferential African-American doctor, Poitier's critics slamming him as Hollywood's TokenMinority really turned the screws and his acting career was downhill from there.
7th Mar '15 1:00:22 AM Elusivehawk
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