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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Joel Fluellen ...
Louis Terrel ...
Roy Glenn ...


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The Prize-Winning Drama That Warms The Screen With Its People and Its Passions!...




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Release Date:

24 August 1961 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Fleck in der Sonne  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The title comes from the Langston Hughes poem, "Harlem (What Happens To A Dream Deferred?)". See more »


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Lena Younger: [sobbing] Oh God, please, look down and give me strength!
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One of the best films ever made
27 September 2003 | by (ny, nEW yORK) – See all my reviews

I watch this film with my children, to show them that although there are no special effects, no explicit sex scences, and very little profane language this is a movie that GRABS you from beginning to end. It breaks beyond race and color, it is about HUMANITY. Sidney and Ruby are BRILLIANT in this film, but the accolades belong to the grandmother. She is the ROCK that holds everything together. I urge everyone to watch this movie. EVERYTIME I WATCH IT I CRY.

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