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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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Complete credited cast:
Claudia McNeil ...
Diana Sands ...
Mark Lindner
George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
Steven Perry ...
Travis Younger (as Stephen Perry)
Joel Fluellen ...
Louis Terrel ...
Roy Glenn ...
Willie Harris


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 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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

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14 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Diary entry 1996:

For decades I have been waiting for American TV to see fit to exhibit the movie version of "A Raisin in the Sun". The day will never come. So I grabbed the opportunity to check out the video from the library. I didn't expect to be moved as much as I was when I first saw the TV play. After all, I knew the plot. The novelty effect was no longer there. Yet I was tearful throughout the movie, and was wiping away tears for the last half hour. There are wonderful lines like "Seems God saw fit to give the black man nothing but dreams - but He sure saw fit to give'em children to make the dream seem worthwhile". "A raisin in the Sun" is not only the greatest movie drama, but also the greatest American play. This play transcends race and addresses universal issues. It combines drama with humor with admirable balance.

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