Time: 121 mins.
Won Academy Award for Best Makeup. Nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, and Dramatic Score.
SYNOPSIS: Joey Drayton brings her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice (he's highly and internationally respected in the medical field, and he's impeccably mannered, handsome, well dressed and of a respectable California family), he's black.
BOTTOM LINE: The only reason I decided to watch this film was because of the cast...and the fact that it was Oscar nominated. I was pleasantly surprised that this film, which must have been quite provocative when originally released, continues to have validity today. Interracial marriages are still not always welcome in some families, especially those concerned with keeping their traditions and culture alive. In this film, Tracy and Hepburn play the middle-aged parents of an intelligent young woman (Houghton), who just happens to fall in love with a successful African American doctor (Poitier). They spring their relationship and marriage plans on her parents hoping for their approval. It's somewhat of a cop out for Poitier to be a brilliant, accomplished physician instead of a regular Joe. Makes all the apparent reasons to disapprove of him much easier to swallow. His being gorgeous and charismatic doesn't hurt either. Powerful performances by Poitier and Tracy make dialogue that could have been preachy and ridiculous, believable and inspiring. The chemistry between Houghton and Poitier seals the deal. They make you hope that the world will treat them kindly, not that it matters to them. This is an intelligent, thoughtful and sentimental take on an issue that's alive and kicking over 30 years later.