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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

 -  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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The character Mr. Lindner (from the Clybourne park "welcoming committee") was portrayed by John Fiedler. 28 years later, Fiedler portrayed the same character in a remake of the story; in a "Play-for-television" which starred Danny Glover and Esther Role and was directed by Bill Duke. However, his character's first name in the play was "Karl" whereas in this 1961 film, his first name is "Mark." 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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Powerful performances
9 June 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

"A Raisin in the Sun" presents powerful acting performances from Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Claudia MacNeil. I was deeply engaged throughout the film due to the fine presence of the characters and meaningful dialogue. The conversations between the members in the Younger family reveal not only their unique personalities and dreams, but also, the complex nature of their relationships and the deep personal issues within each of them. Someone once said, "pride is a dangerous thing" and this film beautifully illustrates the consequences of pride. In my opinion, this is one of Poitier's finest moments in film but, more importantly, I believe this story offers a lesson to all of us, regardless of race, about love and pride. It is truly a classic film.


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