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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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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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There was a tense and antagonistic relationship between Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil during the making of this film. The tension between the actors had first developed when they were acting in the Broadway version of the story. McNeil felt that film should adopt her character's point-of-view, a stance supported by the play's author Lorraine Hansberry, while Poitier believed his character's struggles should be the focal point of the film. The actors' distaste for one another never quite diminished, and Poitier wrote many years later that he believed that McNeil hated him. 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 »

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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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