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Released Runtime Category
1942 114 Romance, The Essentials
Director Language
George Stevens English
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy

Woman of the Year

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What's it About

Two columnists on the same newspaper — Tess Harding (Hepburn), a female world-affairs commentator, and Sam Craig (Tracy), a down-to-earth sportswriter — start a feud in print over the pointlessness of sports, but fall in love after Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game. This leads to a blissful walk down the aisle, but both soon find that married life together involves responsibilities which are at odds with their other priorities.

Why we love it

This is romance cinema at its best, exposing with subtlety and humor the phenomenon of two people, opposites in every respect, falling head over heels for each other. The issue then becomes figuring out how to make it work. Watching the picture today, it's no surprise that Tracy, a gruff, blocky Irish Midwesterner, and Hepburn, a refined, patrician New England beauty, started their famous romance on this movie. Their differences create their unique chemistry, and we can't help but fall in love with them.

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