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Father of the Bride (Bilingual)

Spencer Tracy , Joan Bennett , Vincente Minnelli    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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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Stanley Banks is a good father who adores his beautiful daughter Kay and his well-ordered life, a life that is thrown into chaos when Kay announces her engagement. A classic MGM comedy, the story is told via flashback and chronicles the many travails, financial and emotional, suffered by Stanley (Spencer Tracy) as he tries to give Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) a wedding to remember. Year: 1950 Director: Vincente Minnelli Starring: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor

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4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC April 13 2009
I have always liked the Classic movies and when Steve Martin came out with his "remake", I had my doubts. I now have Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin copies in my library and my kids are now following in my footsteps. Both (a son aged 30 and a daughter aged 26) are developing a love of the classics as well. No one does it like Spencer and to see the "young" Elizabeth Taylor is a treat. Many evenings spent watching consumate actors do what they do best. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Things Never Change July 17 2004
I just saw for the first time ever this movie made in 1950; directed by Vincente Minnelli; and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett. Ms. Taylor was only 18 when she made this film and was frightening and eternally beautiful. She is so petite that she almost could adorn her own wedding cake. The movie, however, as the title implies, belongs to Mr. Tracy who plays her father who cannot bear to see his little daughter grow up and get married. There is a lot of most fathers in Mr. Tracy's character. He has some great lines and some funny scenes and endears himself to us with his gentle humor-- the footage where he gets stuck in his kitchen making drinks and doesn't get to make a speech about his beloved daughter, just to point out one delightful instance. He is such a bungler-- can't get to Ms. Taylor at the wedding reception to bid her goodbye either.
I did not find this 54 year-old movie dated at all. Some things never change. Love may be eternal and most families the world over act pretty much the same when it comes to seeing their children leave home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy Feb. 25 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved this movie for many years. So happy to have it in DVD now. You do need the matched set though. Fathers Little Dividend is a must to own with it. I'm waiting for that one to arrive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original is still the best June 29 2004
I must say that this is far more charming and sentimental than the remake. The relationships presented here seem more real and less scripted.
Tracy and Taylor have an unmatched chemistry as father and daughter that actually stretched into real life, lasting until his death.
Minelli's direction brings real verve to the story without resorting to cheap physical humor. I love the verbal repartee and the cadre of classic Hollywood actors.
The DVD itself is a good transfer both in video and audio. I enjoyed the extras as well, although I couldn't seem to get audio on the two newsreels included.
A great trip down the aisle and memory lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great family film...Better than the Remake... March 27 2004
By 10za
Spencer Tracy is perfect in his role as the father of the bride. The love for his daughter played by Elizabeth Taylor rings so true in this film. Spencer Tracey gives one of the best comedic performances I have ever seen.
Joan Bennet is also excellent as the mother of the bride.
This comedy is never over the top and the characters seem very real. There are some good laughs.
The upper middle class home and lifestyle reminds me of the book "The Way We Never Were" and at the same times makes me nostagic for the 1950s.
If Elizabeth Taylor's character's call to her dad at the end of film doesn't choke you up then you are made of wood!
Get this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic! Nov. 30 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you're looking for a comedy classic with good acting and a few nuggets of truth, this would be a good bet. Spencer Tracy is delightful as a befuddled, confused, and out-of-his-depth father, trying to survive the announcement, planning, and actual wedding ceremony of his beloved daugher to a man who has taken his place as #1 in her life. He is a typical 50's father-gruff and at times uncommunicative, but always loving. Elizabeth Taylor is cast as the naive and passionate daughter, but she is overshadowed by both Tracy and Joan Bennett as his understanding and long-suffering wife. This is a real tour de force for Tracy and is a delight after all these years.
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