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zz08| Father of the Bride
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenplay: Albert Hackett, Edward Streeter, Frances Goodrich
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 92
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Taiwanese Chinese
Studio:  Turner Home Ent DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Aug 2006 Discs:  (DVD) [$14.98]
Reviews:  This 1950 Vincente Minnelli classic may show its age here and there, but it's still a far sturdier movie than the 1991 Steve Martin vehicle. Spencer Tracy earned yet another Oscar nomination for his wonderfully well observed portrayal of Stanley Banks, a decent (if occasionally long-winded) fellow who gets caught up and cut up in the rudderless spectacle that is the wedding of his only daughter (Elizabeth Taylor, of course). It's a sage commentary on the class mores of the day--how much does one spend? (Or, more accurately, when does one quit spending?) Does one invite one's work colleagues, even if they don't know the bride? Tracy is simply magnificent, gruffly warm and funny, whether he's getting sloppy drunk and discoursing at length or simply sitting by, silently amazed, as his daughter and her beau make up after a spat. The film inspired a sequel (1951's "Father's Little Dividend"--try getting that title made nowadays), a remake, and a remake of its sequel, as well as a TV series--all in all, almost as many incarnations as Taylor had weddings. "--David Kronke"

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