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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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Writers (WGA):
Paris Qualles (teleplay)
Lorraine Hansberry (play)
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Release Date:
25 February 2008 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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  (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 Cephas Jones ... Willy Harris (as Ron C. Jones)

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:

Nathan Elliott ... Bar Patron
Alexandra Cheron ... Anna (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenny Leon 
Writing credits
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
Rick Fernandez .... head carpenter (as Ric Fernandez)
Rex Fields .... leadman
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
Adrian Hardy .... set dresser
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 .... 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 .... 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: Ciaran Copelin
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
Tanya Batanau-Chuiko .... cutter
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
Location Management
Mark Logan .... location manager
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
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 Nicholson .... production associate
Tommy Popps .... personal assistant to executive producer "Sean P.Diddy Combs"
Esther Scannell .... construction accountant
Michalla Petersen .... voice-over artist (uncredited)

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131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on March 11, 1959, ran for 530 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play.See more »
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 »
Asagai:There is something wrong when all the dreams of a household depend on a man dying.See more »
Movie Connections:
Cross My HeartSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Kenny Leon's SparkNotes Interpretation, 8 January 2013
Author: jaded125 from Florida, USA

After reading the Lorraine Hansberry play, one would expect this film to be a grand portrayal of a struggling black family in the 1950's. What one gets is a poor adaptation of an amazing play. If Lorraine Hansberry were still alive, she'd kill over taking Sydney Poitier with her. The choice to have P. Diddy in the film in any capacity was a fluke, giving him the lead role was an even greater fluke clearly credited to an aneurysm. He completely overacted the role and made it hard to believe that this was based on Hensberry's play. Let's just face Sean Combs, you're almost as bad at acting as you at dancing. And considering you've been doing the same move since the 90's please stay off my screen. In addition to poorly casting what should've been the moving role of Walter Younger, Kenny Leon then apparently threw the play completely out the window and cast a far too old Sanaa Lathan to play Beneatha. Granted I believe Sanaa Lathan is a fine actress, she was too old to even be considered for the lively optimistic Beneatha. I spent half the movie asking why this grown woman was behaving like a child. The only commendable casting was Phylicia Rashad as Lena and Audra McDonald as Ruth. They were a beauty to watch and the only reason I didn't give this film a 0 rating. Overall I'd only recommend watching this film if you want to see how NOT to perceive this play or if your cable goes out and this movie just so happens to be on your Netflix queue.

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