Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib
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DVD Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 19, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

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Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 08/01/2003
"..With its witty and acerbic screenplay by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, Cukor's battle-of-the-sexes comedy has a verve and sophistication that seem beyond present-day Hollywood..."

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Assistant District Attorney Adam Bonner loves his wife Amanda, but doesn't care much for his opposing counsel in a sensational attempted-murder trial - an opponent who happens to be Amanda.

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were never more evenly matched than when they brought their sharpened wits and prickly affection to this George Cukor-directed comedy written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Judy Holliday co-stars as the woman whose shooting of her philandering spouse becomes a feminist cause for Amanda. Hepburn generously saw Holliday's work as a screen test for casting the film of Holliday's stage vehicle Born Yesterday. Hepburn's ploy worked. So does this fine, funny movie.

Product Description:

A playful allusion to the Book of Genesis, ADAM'S RIB is an inspired farce and perhaps the best showcase for the fantastic Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn duo. George Cukor uses the chemistry between his stars to create a delightful, sophisticated comedy about the battle between the sexes, based on a sharp and sprightly Oscar-nominated script by Cukor's collaborators, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. When two married lawyers take opposite sides of a case, they create comic fireworks both in and out of court. District Attorney Adam Bonner (Tracy) prosecutes a young woman, Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday), who has shot her philandering husband's mistress; her attorney and Bonner's wife, Amanda (Hepburn), is determined to prove that the prosecution's case is only a reflection of sexist double standards. Amanda thinks that women should have the right to do exactly what men have done for years--get revenge. ADAM'S RIB is a film that is superbly directed, written, and acted, a true romantic comedy in classic Cukor style.

Plot Synopsis:

When two married lawyers take opposite sides of a case, they create comic fireworks both in the court and out. District Attorney Adam Bonner heads the prosecution when a pistol-packing ditzy blonde goes after her girl-chasing husband and his mistress. But his wife and defense attorney Amanda thinks women should have the right to get revenge, taking on a trial that proves all's fair in love, war, and court. An ahead-of-its-time script by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, combined with an electric chemistry between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and deft direction by George Cukor, make this a sophisticated piece of entertainment which was later turned into a television series.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 18, 1949.
  • The original title was MAN AND WIFE.
  • Screenwriting duo Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin drew on their experiences as former actress and former director in writing ADAM'S RIB.
  • ADAM'S RIB is number 22 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
  • ADAM'S RIB was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.

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  • UPC: 012569505520
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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