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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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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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By Nix Pix
"Father of the Bride" is the Vincente Minnelli comedy that introduced us to the angst of hosting your daughter's wedding reception. Spencer Tracy is the careworn 'dad' in the title, Joan Bennett, his adoring wife and Elizabeth Taylor is the bride. In comparing the original with the Steve Martin remake of the early 1990's, its remarkable to see how much of the brilliant screenplay was simply imported for the update. But for classic buffs, there will only be one "Father of the Bride".
After their sterling efforts on "Mildred Pierce" I had high hopes that Warner was going to continue their excellence in catalogue title remastering. Perhaps I was mistaken. Although the original film elements of "Father of the Bride" have worn remarkably well, there remain chips, scratches, camera flutter and a few nasty occasions of tearing that crop up on the negative used to remaster this DVD. The picture has an uncharacteristically soft look to it. Aliasing, pixelization and edge enhancement are all present, sometimes obviously so. Shimmering of fine details is also a cause for concern. Over all, this release is a definite step down in committment and quality from other Warner DVD's of the classics and I, for one, find the sudden "ho-hum" attitude a bit alarming. The audio, as expected, is mono, as it originally was and, in general, it is nicely represented with little to no background hiss.
Extras: REALLY DISAPPOINTING! - two featurettes - one celebrating Elizabeth Taylor's real life marriage to Nicky Hilton, the other, a photo op with then, President Truman, meeting the cast of the film - BOTH WITH NO SOUND!!! Honestly, what is the point?
BOTTOM LINE: Although most people will not be disappointed by the transfer quality of this disc, it should be noted that Warner has definitely begun to pare down their restoration efforts, especially where there MGM catalogue titles are concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the Cake--Wait There is No Cake. Sept. 22 2002
By tvtv3
Format:VHS Tape
There is a reason that Spencer Tracy was one of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors. He could pull off any role and make it believable. He was one of the great everymen of his day. Watch, for instance, FATHER OF THE BRIDE and you will find yourself thinking of your own father, grandfather, uncle, or perhaps even yourself.
In the film, based off the novel by Edward Streetcar, Tracy plays Stanley Banks, an upper middle class lawyer who has his nerves put to wits ends when he learns nonchalantly over dinner one evening that his only daughter, Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) has just become engaged. His life is turned upside down in a few brief moments, as the simple thing he thought of as love turns into a nightmare called a wedding. Yet as much as things change, he learns that nothing really changes at all.
This original film version of Streetcar's novel stays true to the source and (as much as I love the remake) in many ways is far more entertaining than the Steve Martin version. The movie has dated some, yet it remains as enduring as ever. Watch it and laugh, maybe cry, then--if you can--give Dad a call.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How To Survive Your Daughter's First Wedding Aug. 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
FATHER OF THE BRIDE is a comedy mostly about the preparations for a young bride's wedding.Spencer Tracy plays the part of the father. Elizabeth Taylor is the bride and Joan bennett is the mother. The cast also includes Leo G. Carroll, Don Taylor and Billie Burke. Tracy is excellent as the flusterred dad and Elizabeth Taylor is a delightful picture of innocence as the bride. The relationship between father and daughter is the glue which keeps everybody together during the hectic period before the wedding.
The movie received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Spencer Tracy) and Best Screenplay ( Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett). The sequel was called FATHER'S LITTLE DIVIDEND and it was released in 1951.
Vincente Minnelli received an Academy Award for his direction of GIGI in 1958.
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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 I like this movie
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Sandberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful film, every bit as enjoyable as it ...
A delightful film, every bit as enjoyable as it was when I first saw it, sometime in the 50's. You c an't go wrong with Spencer Tracy's talent and Elizabeth Taylor's beauty. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Jakab
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jean Dupuis
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
I have always liked the Classic movies and when Steve Martin came out with his "remake", I had my doubts. Read more
Published on April 13 2009 by Heather Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars The original is still the best
I must say that this is far more charming and sentimental than the remake. The relationships presented here seem more real and less scripted. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Daniel S. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic!
If you're looking for a comedy classic with good acting and a few nuggets of truth, this would be a good bet. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Karen Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Classic
A sweet, sincere class with lots of interesting and insightful observations about weddings that are every bit as relevant today as when the film was made.
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof-Positive
I gave this movie only 5 stars because there is no 6-star rating. It is proof-positive that a very good movie can be made without shocking one's sensibilities. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by sedonaman
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