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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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Claudia McNeil ...
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Ruth Younger
Diana Sands ...
Beneatha Younger
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Asagai
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Mark Lindner
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George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
Steven Perry ...
Travis Younger (as Stephen Perry)
Joel Fluellen ...
Bobo
Louis Terrel ...
Herman
Roy Glenn ...
Willie Harris
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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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Ein Fleck in der Sonne  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The line spoken by Walter, "The lion waking now, honey .... Wimoweh!", during the native dance scene is a reference to the song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)" written by Solomon Linda and made famous by The Weavers and The Tokens. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Lena Younger: [sobbing] Oh God, please, look down and give me strength!
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Referenced in Showman (1963) See more »

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Best Black Cinema Ever
27 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

My applause goes to director, Daniel Petrie, for a masterpiece movie that concentrated on one set of a black family's small apartment, in the projects of Chicago. This movie shows every hardship that black families went through in the fifties. A Raisin in the Sun movie is a remake of Lorraine Hansberry's classic stage play of how a black family tries to escape from their crowded apartment life to a house in an all white neighborhood. Sidney Politer delivered his usual outstanding performance in this film, which sends a message about the limited opportunities open to blacks in this time period. My favorite character was Mama, played by Claudia McNeil. She did an excellent job showing how the mother is always the backbone of black families through every trial and tribulation. I am not usually a fan of black and white movies, but this movie displayed a wonderful storyline for me to understand the struggle they went through. There was never a movie that I can think of that was this excellent with one set most of the movie and was in black and white. The part of the movie that meant a lot to me is how Mama took the money she received and did something with it that would benefit the whole family. Overall, each main character portrayed a strong black person. For example, Walter Lee realized that he is suppose to follow behind his father and be a strong black man and raise a family. Ruth always stood by her husband no matter his wrongs, Beneatha was a young black student going to college to be doctor and Mama was just their for any of her family member's and remain strong for everyone.


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