Adam’s Rib 

Comedy | English | 101 minutes


Doris Attinger, suspecting her husband is having an affair, follows him with gun in hand. Seeing them together, an enraged Doris shoots blindly around the room. One of the bullets hits Doris’s husband in the shoulder. The following morning, married couple Adam, as assistant district attorney and his wife Amanda argue the case. Adam believes Doris is guilty of attempted murder; Amanda feels Doris is not guilty as her rage is understandable. When Amanda hears that Adam has been assigned to prosecute the case, Amanda immediately convinces Doris she should be her lawyer. Amanda and Adam fight furiously in the courtroom with the sparring continuing in their home. A critical moment  for Adam and Amanda occurs when the jury starts their deliberations to determine if Doris is guilty or not guilty.  

Spencer Tracy (Adam Bonner) / Katharine Hepburn (Amanda Bonner) / Judy Holliday (Doris Attinger) / David Wayne (Kip Lurie) / Jean Hagen (Beryl Caighn)
Why Stream This Film?
Adam’s Rib received a perfect 4 out of 4 stars in Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide of 1950.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96
  • Metacritic Score: 87
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Screenplay (Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Supporting Actress (Judy Holliday) 
  • Adam’s Rib was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
George Cukor’s film is a classic, and deservedly so: the conjunction of Tracy’s sly listlessness and Hepburn’s stridency defines ‘chemistry’ in the movies. Nor are there any slouches in the supporting cast; it includes Tom Ewell, Judy Holliday, David Wayne, and Jean Hagen, all superb.
Dave Kehr


ADAM’S RIB is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin have fashioned their amusing screenplay around the age-old battle of the sexes.


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