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Stanley Kramer Film Collection (DVD)

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Known for producing films that brewed controversy and challenged racial stereotypes, Stanley Kramer made a name for himself by showing truth in all it's beauty. Includes GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SHIP OF FOOLS, THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, THE WILD ONE, and THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING!

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of a crusading publisher, Matthew Drayton (Tracy), and his patrician wife, Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance, John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter's decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by the interracial union, and the doctor's parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. In GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society's prejudices.

SHIP OF FOOLS: Based on the novel by Katherine Ann Porter (which became a national best-seller within days of publication), SHIP OF FOOLS is set in 1933 aboard a luxury liner bound from Mexico to Germany. Among the many passengers are Vivian Leigh as a divorcee desperate for love and lost youth. Also starring are Simone Signoret as a Spanish Noblewoman being deported as a political prisoner, Lee Marvin as an aging, alcoholic ballplayer, and Jose Ferrer as a budding Nazi whose brutishness foreshadows the holocaust to come. Their separate but interlocking stories, beautifully observed by director Stanley Kramer, serve as a brilliant microcosm of a world on the verge of war.

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T: The imagination of a nine-year-boy comes vividly to life in this fun-filled fantasy from Dr. Seuss. Young Bart Collins, lulled to sleep by the monotony of his piano lessons, dreams of a castle ruled by his piano teacher the eccentric Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T is determined to prove that his "Happy Fingers Method" of teaching piano is the best method in the world. Having banished all other musical instruments to the dungeon, Dr. T lures 500 reluctant little boys to perform in a colossal concert on the grandest grand piano ever built. In his effort to escape, Bart comes in contact with some of the strangest characters imaginable. Siamese twins on roller skates, a human drum and the most memorable villain since the "Grinch." Filled with surreal landscapes and tongue-twisting rhymes for which Dr. Seuss is famous, this is a movie children and their parents will love to watch again and again. THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T is family entertainment at its best.

THE WILD ONE: Marlon Brando scorches the screen in this powerful '50s cult classic about a biker gang that terrorizes a small California town. What's Johnny rebelling against? "What have you got?" he sneers. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hell-bent for destruction until he falls for Kathie, a "good girl" whose father happens to be a cop. Unfortunately for Johnny, his one shot at redemption is threatened by a psychotic rival, Chino--plus the hostility and prejudice of the townspeople. All their smoldering passions explode in an electrifying climax!

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING: A tomboy with dreams of leaving her smalltown life for a more adventurous world hopes that her adored brother will whisk her away to a new life after his up-coming wedding.

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Publisher Sony
Mfg Part# 9781424869060
SKU 205068945
Format DVD
ISBN10 1424869064
Release Date 2/12/2008
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Crazy for Cinema [Guess] ...an intelligent, thoughtful and sentimental take on an issue that's alive and kicking over 30 years later.
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com [Ship] Prestigious and literary cinema at its most ponderous...
Kim Newman, Empire [Wild] Brando's magnetism is eternal.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [Fingers] ...one of Hollywood's best fantasies...
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews [Fingers] I recommend it to people of all ages IF they can be young at heart.
Tim Dirks, The Greatest Films [Wild] ...a landmark film of 50s rebellion...
TV Guide's Movie Guide [Ship] Superb acting in an Abby Mann script that seldom descends into bathos.
Variety [Guess] Examines its subject matter with perception, depth, insight, humor and feeling...

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