ADAM'S RIB
1949, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

"It’s the hilarious answer to who wears the pants!" The sixth pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is arguably their funniest, with the two playing happily married attorneys whose domestic bliss is spoiled when they wind up squaring off in court over a woman accused of murdering her husband. Terrific, sharp-tongued script by the real-life husband-wife team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.


GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
1967, Sony Repertory, 108 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Matt and Christina Drayton (Hollywood power couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) are in for a surprise when daughter Joey (Hepburn's real-life niece Katharine Houghton, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) brings home her fiancé, black doctor John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier). The aging couple's supposedly liberal attitudes are challenged during one dramatic and hilarious day and evening, which culminates in the last-minute arrival of Prentice's parents and an Irish priest for dinner. Nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars, including a win for Best Actress (Hepburn) and Screenplay.


ON GOLDEN POND
1981, Universal, 109 min, UK, USA, Dir: Mark Rydell

Writer Ernest Thompson’s adaptation of his 1979 play gave Henry Fonda one of the movies’ greatest swan songs. In his final performance, Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a retiree living on a lake called Golden Pond with his wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn). When their only child (played by Fonda’s real-life daughter, Jane) arrives with her fiancé and his son, the Thayers agree to take the boy for a few weeks while the couple get married and honeymoon. As the summer passes, the cantankerous old man slowly bonds with the teenager, something he was never able to do with his daughter. This warm look at love and reconciliation in the face of advancing age won Oscars for Fonda, Hepburn and Thompson and remains one of the most popular films of the 1980s.


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