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The Philadelphia Story

HD   NR Closed Captioning

George Cukor

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About the Movie

Katharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family and about to marry for the second time. Things get hilariously complicated when her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant enters the scene with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow. While Stewart falls helplessly in love with Hepburn, she rejects her stuffed-shirt fiance and realizes she's still in love with Grant. One of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced, it was recently selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Screenplay. Stewart ("It's A Wonderful Life," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") took home an Oscar for his earnest portrayal of the smitten reporter, and Oscar-winner Hepburn ("The African Queen," "On Golden Pond") received her third nomination. Ruth Hussey ("Northwest Passage") earned an Oscar-nomination as a cynical tabloid photographer.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It has been a long time since Hollywood has spent itself so extravagantly, and to such entertaining effect, upon a straight upper-crust fable, an unblushing apologia for plutocracy. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: In short, The Philadelphia Story lifts the daily drudge into a charming never-never land, with complete footnotes excusing its existence. And besides, it's a good, entertaining show. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The smarties are going to relish Philadelphia Story a lot more than the two-bit trade... – Herb Golden, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film is a Hepburn triumph, and moviegoers who resent the theatre's habit of requisitioning their stars may feel that Miss Hepburn's time on the stage has not been spent in vain and that she simply prepared herself for this achievement. – John C. Mosher, New Yorker, Dec 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Classic Romantic Comedy

Three men are in love with a beautiful socialite who stopped following her heart when it was broke by her first husband, and only he can mend it. Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn are at their best in this film. Silly and funny with a light touch of tenderness.


The Philadelphia Story is a very well made screwball comedy. It has superb acting, a very hilarious plot, and memorable scenes that remain some of the greatest of all comedy.

The fact that Cary Grant and James Stewart are both in love with Katharine Hepburn makes some interesting and comical situations. I love how they all play out. I especially enjoy watching Cary Grant with his smart aleck remarks and quick actions.

This is really one of the best classic comedies of all time, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a good laugh.

The Philadelphia Story
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1940

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