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Adam's Rib

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George Cukor

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About the Movie

Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam's Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play Adam and Amanda Bonner, a husband-and-wife attorney team, both drawn to a case of attempted murder. The defendant (Judy Holliday) had tearfully attempted to shoot her husband (Tom Ewell) and his mistress (Jean Hagen). Adam argues that the case is open and shut, but Amanda points out that, if the defendant were a man, he'd be set free on the basis of "the unwritten law." Thus it is that Adam works on behalf of the prosecution, while Amanda defends the accused woman. The trial turns into a media circus, while the Bonners' home life suffers. Adam's Rib represented the film debuts of New York-based actors Jean Hagen, Tom Ewell, and David Wayne (as Hepburn's erstwhile songwriting suitor), and the return to Hollywood of Judy Holliday after her Born Yesterday triumph. One of the best of the Tracy-Hepburn efforts, it inspired a brief 1973 TV series starring Ken Howard and Blythe Danner.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Of Adam's Rib we might say...that it isn't solid food but it certainly is meaty and juicy and comically nourishing. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Adam's Rib is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Katharine Hepburn conveys an extraordinary abundance of spirit. – Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker, Jan 14, 2013

Fresh: The film is a classic, and deservedly so: the conjunction of Tracy's sly listlessness and Hepburn's stridency defines 'chemistry' in the movies. – Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Very Fun Movie

I really enjoyed this. I thought the trial really didn't make sense, though really the movie's not so much about the trial as the equality message. Spencer Tracy is fantastic and hilarious. Katharine Hepburn is always wonderful.

Adam's Rib

cute movie

Probably my favorite Tracy/Hepburn pairing.

This along with It's A Wonderful World (James Stewart/Claudette Colbert) are probably my favorite classic comedies. A lot of times when I watch a comedy from this era, the characters annoy the crap out of me. (I usually just watch dramas, romances, ect..) But this one is great. I laughed throughout the whole thing, Spencer and Katharine have so much chemistry on screen! It's for sure worth the money to watch. Enjoy :)

Adam's Rib
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2008

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