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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  24 August 1961 (Mexico)
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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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24 August 1961 (Mexico)  »

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Sidney Poitier was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "A Raisin in the Sun" as Walter Lee Younger and recreated his role in this production. See more »

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Walter Lee Younger: [to George Murchison, Beneatha's date] How come all you college boys wear them faggoty-looking white shoes?
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An exceptional screenplay.
21 December 2002 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The cast is excellent. The dialogue is sharp and wise. Sidney Poitier pulls an absolutely riveting performance as the widow's son. Since RAISIN IN THE SUN is based from a play, most of the movie takes place in the house and has the characters talk and talk. But what they have to say is excellent, and the character study is something to admire. RAISIN IN THE SUN is a pure gem.

The old man of the house passes away and leaves the Younger family with $10 000 in their pocket. What will they do with their destiny?

Every character has an integral part in the movie. The man of the house, who longs to be one. The wife, who despairs in the house, while discovering she is pregnant. The daughter who strives to be a doctor. RAISIN IN THE SUN is far from the big booming special effect epics of today. But it is powerful for its time, and is a worthwhile classic rent. Two thumbs up.


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