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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.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Lorraine Hansberry (play), Lorraine Hansberry (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Walter Lee Younger
Claudia McNeil ... Lena Younger
Ruby Dee ... Ruth Younger
Diana Sands ... Beneatha Younger
Ivan Dixon ... Asagai
John Fiedler ... Mark Lindner
Louis Gossett Jr. ... George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
Steven Perry ... Travis Younger (as Stephen Perry)
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Bobo
Louis Terrel Louis Terrel ... Herman
Roy Glenn ... Willie Harris
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Storyline

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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The Prize-Winning Drama That Warms The Screen With Its People and Its Passions!...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Fleck in der Sonne See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee played husband and wife in this movie, Edge of the City (1957) and Buck and the Preacher (1972). 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 »

Quotes

Lena Younger: [sobbing] Oh God, please, look down and give me strength!
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Referenced in Showman (1963) See more »

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The Greatest Story Ever Told
1 January 2004 | by nsantiago_mdSee all my reviews

This is the embodiment of the Mr. Langston Hughes poem that obviously inspired Ms. Lorraine Hansberry to write this wonderful piece. What indeed DOES happen to a dream deferred? Each of the adult main characters has a dream about what should be done with the $10,000 insurance policy paid after the Younger patriarch's death, and each person's dream is challenged. I most identify with the character of Beneatha, the doctor-to-be in a time when few women, and even fewer Black women, could achieve this dream. This is a story of dreams, of family, of strength, of sacrifice, of mistakes and of recovery from the consequences of those mistakes. Whenever I need a dose of inspiration, when things in my own life seem too difficult to conquer, I watch A Raisin in the Sun and feel strong again. The acting in this film is so incredibly moving that there are parts (and I won't give them away) that are so disheartening and sad that they still move me to tears, after all these years and after all the times I have watched it. It is truly the greatest story ever told.


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