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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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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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Referenced in Go to Blazes (1962) See more »

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"A Raisin in the Sun" is one of the finest American films ever made. This film discusses many vital issues, such as racism, abortion, trust, family values, greed, and even atheism.

My favorite character in this film is matriarch Lena Younger, impeccably performed by Claudia McNeil. Mrs. Younger is a wise, loving mother and grandmother to her family. While she may not always agree with her children's decisions, she never stops loving them.

Sidney Poitier is brilliant as the defeated Walter Lee Younger. Walter is frustrated with his job as a chauffeur, and believes he has more to offer the world.

Ruby Dee is great as Walter's supportive and level headed wife.

The dialogue and issues that are discussed reinstate the values upon which America was built. I strongly recommend this excellent film.


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