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A Raisin in the Sun (1961) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by David Susskind, Philip Rose and Ronald H. Gilbert.

SYNOPSIS

Lorraine Hansberry adapts her Broadway success, and most of that production's cast make the transition to the screen in this penetrating drama about a working-class black family living in a tiny Chicago tenement. When matriarch McNeil receives a settlement on her late husband's insurance, a struggle breaks out in the family. McNeil wants to buy a home away from their dangerous neighborhood and fund her daughter's (Sands) medical-school education. Her son, Poitier, wants to buy into a liquor store and build his own business. Poitier makes an ill-advised deal, and jeopardizes the family's way out of the ghetto.

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A Raisin in the Sun was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 25, 2022 From 4 Star Films

It seems that some of the greatest strides in diverse representation have found their roots on the stage. One of the cornerstone examples would have to be Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (1961). I saw the film adaptation quite a few years ago, but now, with a renewed sense of context,... Read full article


A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

By Beatrice on May 8, 2017 From Flickers in Time

A Raisin in the Sun Directed by Daniel Petrie Written by Lorraine Hansberry 1961/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This film was made at a critical moment in the course of the civil rights movement in America. ?More than a time capsule, however, it is an excellent ... Read full article


A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

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A Raisin in the Sun

By Aurora on Aug 6, 2012 From Once Upon a Screen

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 Best Play. ?Both Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil received T... Read full article


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Walter Lee Younger: [to George Murchison, Beneatha's date] How come all you college boys wear them faggoty-looking white shoes?


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Louis Gossett Jr.'s film debut.
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. Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett Jr. and John Fiedler recreated their stage roles in the movie version. A 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination went to Claudia McNeil.
Sidney Poitier was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "A Raisin in the Sun" as Walter Lee Younger and recreated his role in this production.
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A Raisin in the Sun

Released 1961
Inducted 2005
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