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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Willy Harris (as Ron C. Jones)
Earline Johnson
Rudy Webb ...
Mr Johnson
Walter Lee Sr
Mrs. Arnold
Paul Stephen ...
Mr. Arnold


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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25 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El color de los sueños  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phylicia Rashad's sister, Debbie Allen, played "Beneatha Younger" in the Broadway musical, "Raisin". 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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Heartfelt and Superb!
26 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can honestly say I enjoyed this movie, I enjoyed the 1984(?) version with Danny Glover and was hoping to catch a treat with this film. A treat a received greatly.

Yes this film had many flaws, as does every movie. So I shall give the flaws then the bright side of the film Flaws: I was bored the first half of the film, it moved in a little slow, and Sean Combs performance didn't help. I felt that the cast excluding Sean Combs was superb and was full of real emotion and strength. Combs was trying to hard to act, when he should have let it flow and have a real feeling for the character and not just try to over act. He does have his moments though, but those moment are quickly cut back to his not letting it flow and not having a true feeling for the character.

Bright Side: The film was a delight. Raw emotion and strength from the leading ladies and the leading men(excluding Sean Combs). Phylicia Rashad was full of emotion and pride, that you instantly love her and feel for her and the pain she goes through. Audra McDonald is superb and excellent actress who is going somewhere, you also feel for her and go through struggles and emotion. Beneatha Younger (Sanaa Lathan) is spunky, yet naive. You love her and many of my young generation can relate to her.

Overall: The acting is brilliant coming from the cast, again excluding Sean Combs yet he does have moments. Direction is great, and the feel and emotion and strength is just excellent 8/10 -Izzy

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