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A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 25 February 2008
An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.

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After moving to Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, a black family struggles to deal with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better life. Adapted for the screen from Lorraine Hansberry's play, this is a moving portrait of dreams deferred. Written by Anonymous

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TV version of the Tony award-winning 2004 play revival, with same director and most of the lead-cast: Kenny Leon, Sean Combs , Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan and Bill Nunn. See more »

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When they are packing up the apartment, Momma is working on putting sticks around a small plant to protect it to wrap it. The number and location of the sticks are not in sync with the timing. See more »

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Asagai: There is something wrong when all the dreams of a household depend on a man dying.
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Featured in 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) See more »

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Written by Mervyn Warren
Performed by Brenda Lee Eager
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I film well worth watching
16 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film start slowly and at times is a little dull but this is mainly due to the lacklustre performance of Mr Combes, P Diddy, Puffy whatever. Every other performance is superb and this is what carries the film, however as others have already commented, what could have been an excellent film, with someone else in the lead role, becomes just a good film and I would still recommend it for anyone to watch. Combes performance is just not believable, sure he is moody and unlikeable but you get the feeling that he struggles to move away from his real persona and slips too easily back into being a 90s rapper rather than a black man struggling in 1950s America. It might be worth noting that if you hate the modern trend for films to be littered with foul language, sex and violence then you will love this film because it stays true to the original play in this regard and has resisted the mistake many remakes have made of modernising it and alienating the family audience. So for many reasons I would recommend this film and just think it is a shame another, much better lead actor was not chosen for the main male role.


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