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A Raisin in the Sun -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Paris Qualles (teleplay)
Lorraine Hansberry (play)
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Release Date:
25 February 2008 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Poitier emoted, Diddy twitched See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sean Combs ... Walter Lee Younger

Sanaa Lathan ... Beneatha Younger

Audra McDonald ... Ruth Younger

Phylicia Rashad ... Lena Younger
Justin Martin ... Travis Younger

Bill Nunn ... Bobo

David Oyelowo ... Joseph Asagai

Ron C. Jones ... Willy Harris

Sean Patrick Thomas ... George Murchison

John Stamos ... Carl Lindner
Sandi Ross ... Earline Johnson
Rudy Webb ... Mr Johnson
Martin Roach ... Walter Lee Sr

Rosemary Dunsmore ... Mrs. Arnold
Paul Stephen ... Mr. Arnold
Emily Swiss ... Priscilla Holiday
Yanna McIntosh ... Miss Tilly
Jean Daigle ... Cop
Dan Warry-Smith ... Grocery Clerk

Elle Downs ... Cocktail Waitress
James Kirchner ... Mailman
Earl 'Bubba' McLean Jr. ... Bubba
Gene Mack ... Bartender
Demo Cates ... Sax Player
Paula Boudreau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Cheron ... Anna (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Kenny Leon 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Paris Qualles (teleplay)

Lorraine Hansberry (play)

Produced by
Susan Batson .... executive producer
Royce Bergman .... co-producer
David Binder .... executive producer
Sean Combs .... executive producer (as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs)
John M. Eckert .... producer
Neil Meron .... executive producer
Carl Rumbaugh .... executive producer
Brian Savelson .... associate producer
Vivek J. Tiwary .... stage producer
Craig Zadan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mervyn Warren 
 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
 
Film Editing by
Melissa Kent 
 
Casting by
James Calleri 
 
Production Design by
Karen Bromley 
 
Art Direction by
Rory Cheyne 
 
Set Decoration by
Clive Thomasson 
 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
 
Makeup Department
Veronica Ciandre .... key hair stylist
Patricia Keighran .... makeup department head
Fina Khan .... hair stylist
Burton J. LeBlanc .... makeup artist (as Burton Leblanc)
 
Production Management
John M. Eckert .... unit production manager
Pasia Schonberg .... assistant production manager
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Johnson .... assistant director
Raj Singh .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter
Jamie Burke .... construction coordinator
Ric Fernandez .... head carpenter
Rex Fields .... leadman
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
Jonathan Kovacs .... assistant property master
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Erin Leslie .... assistant scenic artist
Russell Moore .... set designer
Vic Rigler .... property master
Jaclyn Shoub .... set decoration buyer
Martha Sparrow .... art department
 
Sound Department
Susan Cahill .... adr supervisor
Alan Decker .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Devin Joseph .... dialogue editor
Amy Kane .... foley artist
Jason McFarling .... boom operator
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Allen Hill .... key special effects (as Dave Hill)
Martin Malivoire .... special effects consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Berube .... electrician
Zena Bielewicz .... second assistant camera
Dave Bouskill .... key rigging gaffer
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator: "a" camera
Adam Craig .... assistant camera
Christopher Dean .... key grip
Antony Ellis .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim Holmes .... best boy grip
Marcel Janisse .... assistant camera
Mike Ohorodnyk .... grip
Ron Schroeder .... grip
Peter Stranks .... still photographer
Franco Tata .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Tina Gerussi .... casting
Rosalie Joseph .... NY Casting
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roslyn Hanchard .... assistant costume designer
Karen Lee .... costume truck supervisor
Trelawnie Mead .... costume dyer/breakdown
 
Editorial Department
Craig Drikis Barnikis .... assistant telecine colorist
Trudy Yee .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Simone Giuliani .... composer: additional music
Ze Luis .... composer: additional music
Steve Salani .... music scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Michael Corazza .... unit driver
Brian Harney .... picture car coordinator
Roland 'Buddy' McGrath .... transportation captain
Bruce McLean .... transportation coordinator
Steve Russell .... transportation co-captain
Marco Sousa .... picture car captain
 
Other crew
Laurel Bresnahan .... set teacher
Scott Brophy .... assistant production coordinator
Connie Contardi .... assistant to executive producer
Wayne Godfrey .... on-set supervisor
Cynthia Graves .... production coordinator
Mark Logan .... location manager
Mark Nicholson .... production associate
Tommy Popps .... personal assistant to executive producer "Sean P.Diddy Combs"
Esther Scannell .... construction accountant
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
Michalla Petersen .... voice-over artist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
131 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Asagai:There is something wrong when all the dreams of a household depend on a man dying.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Poitier emoted, Diddy twitched, 25 February 2008
Author: rpniew from chicago, Illinois

There is nothing wrong with remaking and recasting the Lorraine Hansberry masterwork; we shouldn't pay undue fealty to the original cast. I'm sure Olivier's, Jacobi's, and Branaugh's Hamlet would suffer in comparison to the original Burbage performance. Plays are meant to be inhabited by different people as the generations pass. Therefore, there is nothing wrong, in theory, to the making of this version.

This rendition is superior to the 1989 "American Playhouse" performance, which was poorly paced and largely overacted. The female parts are perfectly cast and performed. The same cannot be said, unfortunately, for the male parts.

P. Diddy, or Sean Combs, or whatever name he is going by these days, simply does not have the acting chops to bring out the complexities of the Walter Younger character. Where Sidney Poitier and, to a lesser extent, Danny Glover, were able to grasp hold of the anger and frustration of the man, Mr. Diddy twitches and frowns. He performs as if a lowered head and furrowed eyebrows are the makings of a great performance. I was reminded of Hayden Christianson taking the complex evil of Darth Vader and turning him into a naughty teenager. Combs plays Walter like a street punk.

Sean Patrick Thomas, as George Murchison, fares a little better. He does what he can with what is essentially a superficial and somewhat stereotyped character.

The greatest error is the miscasting of John Stamos as Lindner. He gives the character a harder, more outwardly racist edge than John Fiedler, who created the role. Stamos drips hatred and prejudice just a little too much -- it is easy to ultimately say no to him just to tick him off. Fiedler, working with Hansberry, had a much better grip on the role -- not a man who is outwardly racist, but as one who is sadly misinformed, ignorant (meaning, simply, not understanding), and afraid. Stamos tries to chew up just a little too much scenery.

David Oyelowo, as Joseph Asagai, is the most well cast male in the film, hitting every note required by the character.

The female cast fares far better. Phylicia Rashad recreates and improves upon the role of Lena Younger, breaking the "Mammy"-isms of the earlier performers. Audra McDonald certainly will not usurp Ruby Dee as the definitive Ruth Younger, but does an excellent job in a part that requires an extreme range of emotion.

The greatest revelation in the film by far is Sanaa Lathan as Beneatha. Beneatha is a key character in the play and is relatively ignored in the original, and not particularly well played in the 1989 version. Playing a character substantially younger than she is in real live, Lathan is able to exhibit the hope, anger, childish "know-it-all" attitude and sadness of a young woman in her position. Unfortunately, the screenwriters chose to omit her lovely, sad second-act monologue about her desire to become a doctor; this section was excised in the original film and restored in the American Playhouse version and should have been present here.

Overall, this is a worthwhile film, but imperfect in many ways.

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