Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Stanley Kramer directed and produced this thorough social analysis about a white girl who brings her black boyfriend home to her – by the standard of the times – liberal parents. Seen out of context, the film is almost completely ridiculous. Nevertheless, it was and still is relevant after 50 years, at least in some societies or parts of the world. The film created some controversy and was hailed for its bravery at the time of release, and rightly so. All the members of a fine cast deliver solid work, especially Hepburn, Tracy and Poitier, who all bring a sense of realism and balance to their characters, which was paramount to the film's effectiveness as a social discussion. Still, as a drama the movie is flawed, because the moral and message becomes so prevalent that the characters are smothered underneath it. It seems that in order to get audiences to agree with their stance, the filmmakers felt they had to make John Prentice practically white.