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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 24 August 1961 (Mexico)
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

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Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall... Written by Greg Bruno <burlynerd@usa.net>

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The character Willie Harris was portrayed by actor Roy Glenn. 6 years after this movie was made, Glenn would again share screen time with Sydney Poitier in the film "Guess who's coming to dinner", in which he portrays Sydney's father. (Though in actuality, Glenn is only 10 years Poitier's senior) See more »

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When Benetha is talking to mama and getting ready to go out with George, the bracelet on her left arm keeps disappearing and reappearing. See more »

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Lena Younger: [sobbing] Oh God, please, look down and give me strength!
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Very Deep, But Was Made More Like A Play than A Movie
24 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Just watched the 2008 version before i watch this. One thing i can say is, which is a very clear difference, is that i am glad the 2008 version is adapted accordingly because i find this original less realistic in certain scenes.

Perhaps that is because this movie is made to be like the play itself, using just the house as a constant setting throughout. But that would mean inevitable compromise for realistic-ness in terms of making a movie version of the play. The 2008 version successfully correct many parts involving these weaknesses in the original to make the overall plot make more sense. Anyway, I am sure that a movie of this calibre during the 60's is a hard to find classic even among its competitors.

Though, I would comment positively on the overall acting in this movie. It is stronger than the 2008 version in general (except for the Nigerian bf and the mother and other sub-characters)


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