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A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 25 February 2008
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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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Kenny Leon

Writers:

Paris Qualles (teleplay), Lorraine Hansberry (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Walter Lee Younger (as Sean Combs)
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 Rudy Webb ... Mr Johnson
Martin Roach ... Walter Lee Sr
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Mrs. Arnold
Paul Stephen Paul Stephen ... Mr. Arnold
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El color de los sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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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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DIDDY? Oh, no he diddn't!
25 February 2008 | by ram-30See all my reviews

P-Diddy's performance in the film is P-thetic. Apparently tired of saying the same words night after night on stage has dulled Mr. Combs into a stunned stupor to which his bland expressions and monotone delivery attest. He seems at home with "da Homies" (Willy Harris and Bobo) at "da Club"(The Green Hat) but he can't switch his New York gangsta talk with a Southside Chicago accent. The fact that Willy Harris is a dead ringer for Snoop Dog didn't help. Mama was right; Walter does look (and sound) "like somebody's hoodlum". Mama, by the way, played by Phylicia Rashad, was amazing. She looks younger than other Lena Youngers on screen which is good as Walter is only 35 so Mama is probably not the white haired old lady directors like Daniel Petrie tried to make her look. Besides the youthful look, Rashad gives a very heartfelt performance making me think that Bill Cosby did the world a disfavour by holding her back from honing her serious side. Audra McDonald, in my opinion, is the best performer in the group. As wife Ruth, she really hits home with her every emotion.When she cries, we want to cry with her although at times it seems she's just crying at the atrocious performance by her lesser half, the Puffster. Rounding out the cast is David Oyelowo as the Nigerian Asagai (Oyelowo is, himself, Nigerian) and John Stamos as a handsome Mr. Lindner (alas, the not so handsome John Fiedler is no longer available for the role). I watched this film continually thinking what heights it might have reached if someone more competent was in the Walter role. Maybe they can use Computer Generation to insert Sidney Poitier's performance. That would be great.


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