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Adam’s Rib

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Adam’s Rib

“It’s not a classic romantic comedy,” says writer Nancy Meyers (Private Benjamin and Father of the Bride) in a Variety article. “There’s no meet-cute, no boy gets girl, boy loses girl. It’s about a husband and wife who have a loving, playful, smart-aleck relationship that gets stretched and pulled and put to the test when the wife takes her husband and his beliefs on in court. It’s original, smart writing that really examines what goes on in a relationship behind closed doors – who wears the pants and all that. It’s timeless.”  The husband-wife team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay, as they did for Pat and Mike.  Both films were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Adam’s Rib is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin have fashioned their amusing screenplay around the age-old battle of the sexes.” – Variety

“The film is a classic, and deservedly so: the conjunction of Tracy’s sly listlessness and Hepburn’s stridency defines ‘chemistry’ in the movies.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

George Cukor
Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen
Running Time
101 minutes

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