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A Raisin in the Sun 

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.


Bill Duke


Lorraine Hansberry (play)




Episode credited cast:
Starletta DuPois ... Ruth Younger
Lou Ferguson ... Joseph Asagai
John Fiedler ... Karl Lindner
Danny Glover ... Walter Lee Younger
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Bobo (as Stephen Henderson)
Kimble Joyner Kimble Joyner ... Travis Younger
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Johnson
Joseph C. Phillips ... George Murchison
Esther Rolle ... Lena 'Mama' Younger
Kim Yancey Kim Yancey ... Beneatha 'Bennie' Younger


A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

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1 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Helen Martin reprises the role of Mrs. Johnson, a part she originated in the Broadway musical adaptation entitled Raisin. See more »


Version of A Raisin in the Sun (1961) See more »

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Mediocre script turned into a horrible play.
28 August 2001 | by RunningFromSatanSee all my reviews

In English class last year, we had to read the script to "A Raisin In The Sun" was a quick read, but it was mediocre at best. I saw little redeeming value whatsoever to me, and whatever was there I had definitely read/saw displayed a better form. It's about a poor black family in the '60s living together with their grandma, the only form of wisdom in the household; the son, who still has a lot to learn; the over-protective and over-concerned wife, the drunk husband who acts before he thinks, and his sister who refuses to conform to current society.

But then, we had to sit through this play. It probably is the most horrible, long, drawn-out movies/plays I've ever seen. It was made on one stage, which suggests a play, but it was just really corny even for that format. The acting was horrible, especially from wait...A-SA-GAI -- I literally cringed everytime he said that. I could've done without his trying to "find happiness" in everything, to Danny Glover's melodramatic additions when he lost his money from investing in a liquor store (I SERIOUSLY could've done without the crying and drooling, he tried way too hard). The scene where Beneatha and Walter listen to that record and pretend they're animals or something, that could've been completely cut out of the play -- I was laughing so hard at how bad it was. I envisioned it totally different from the screen version. The vote was unanimous in our class...please avoid this at all costs if you've read or are planning on reading the original script. Script = 3.5/10; Play = 1/10

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