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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.

Director:

Kenny Leon

Writers:

Paris Qualles (teleplay), Lorraine Hansberry (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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TV version of the Tony award-winning 2004 play revival, with same director and most of the lead-cast: Kenny Leon, Sean 'Diddy' Combs , Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan and Bill Nunn. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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I Dream Of Love And You
Written by Mervyn Warren
Performed by Mervyn Warren
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A Raisin in the Sun marks my farewell comment for Black History Month
29 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This entry of the 2008 TV movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun" that just aired on ABC four days ago, is my final entry on African-Americans in film and television in chronological order for Black History Month. Nearly the entire cast of the recent Broadway revival of this still-resonant drama-Phylicia Rashad, Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and Bill Nunn-reprise their roles here. They're all great as well as Sean Patric Thomas, David Oyelowo, Paul Stephen, and, as Carl Linder-the man who tries to buy the Youngers out of their new house, John Stamos. Rashad and McDonald, both of whom won Tonys for their performances, should repeat at the Emmys this fall. Combs, usually known as Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy, holds his own with the experienced veterans here. Scenes such as Rashad slapping daughter Lathan after the latter denounces God or Combs doing his "shufflin' Negro" act near the end to everyone's disgust still packs a wallop. And writer Paris Qualles, whose work I just watched on The Rosa Parks Story, and director Kenny Leon open up the play's locations and expand on the dialogue considerably well. What else can I say except it's been a wonderful journey watching how much African-American performers and filmmakers have evolved over the nearly 90 years with nearly 100 listings here at IMDb during this special month. With the writer's strike still in effect at the beginning of it, I thought this was as good a time as any to celebrate some of the most acclaimed and popular celebrities America and the world has ever known. With that, I'll just say thanks for anyone who's read this and my other BHM comments and gave me favorable and even not-so-favorable marks as a result. Oh, and feel free to read and mark my other non-BHM comments as well!


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