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A Raisin in the Sun (1961 film)

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Genre  Drama
Initial DVD release  February 22, 2000
Country  United States
8.2/10 IMDb

Director  Daniel Petrie
Adapted from  A Raisin in the Sun
Language  English
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Release date  May 29, 1961 (1961-05-29)
Writer  Lorraine Hansberry (play), Lorraine Hansberry (screenplay)
Initial release  May 29, 1961 (New York City)
Cast  Sidney Poitier (Walter Lee Younger), Claudia McNeil (Lena Younger), Ruby Dee (Ruth Younger), Diana Sands (Beneatha Younger), Louis Gossett, Jr. (George Murchison), Stephen Perry (Travis Younger)
Similar movies  Sex Tape, No Escape, The Peanuts Movie, Ratatouille, The Croods, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Tagline  The Prize-Winning Drama that Warms the Screen with its People and its Passions...

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A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett (in his film debut), and adapted from the 1959 play of the same name by Lorraine Hansberry. It follows a black family that wants a better life away from the city.


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In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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The Younger family - Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, younger sister Beneatha, son Travis and mother Lena - live in a small apartment in Chicago's East side. They are anticipating a life insurance check for Lena's husband's death in the amount of $10,000, and each of them has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. Matriarch Lena wants to buy a house to fulfill the dream she shared with her deceased husband. Walter Lee would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store, believing the income would put an end to the family’s financial woes. Ruth, wanting to provide more space and better opportunities for Travis, agrees with Lena. Beneatha would like to use the money to pay her medical school tuition.

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Lena spends $3,500 for a down payment on a house in Clybourne Park, and after being agitated many times by Walter, gives him the remaining $6,500 and tells him to save $3,000 of it for Beneatha's medical school and take the remaining $3,500 for his own investments. Meanwhile, Ruth discovers she is pregnant and, fearing another child will add to the financial pressures, considers having an abortion. Walter voices no objection, but Lena is strongly against it, saying "I thought we gave children life, not take it away from them".

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Beneatha rejects her suitor George, believing he's blind to the problems of their race. Her Nigerian classmate Joseph Assangai proposes to her, wanting to take her to Africa with him after they finish school, but she is unsure what to do.

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When their future neighbors find out the Youngers are moving in, they send Karl Lindner from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association to offer them money in return for staying away, but they refuse the deal. Meanwhile, Walter loses the insurance money when one of his "partners" in the liquor store scheme, Willy Harris, skips town with the money.

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Desperate, Walter offers to take Lindner up on his offer to take money to stay out of Clyburne Park, even while his family begs him not to sell away their dignity. When Lindner arrives, however, Walter has a last-minute change of heart and rejects Lindner's offer again. The Youngers eventually move out of their apartment, fulfilling their dream. The future seems uncertain and slightly dangerous, but they believe that they can succeed through optimism, determination, and remaining together as a family.


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  • Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger
  • Ruby Dee as Ruth Younger
  • Claudia McNeil as Lena Younger
  • Diana Sands as Beneatha Younger
  • Stephen Perry as Travis Younger
  • John Fiedler as Karl Lindner
  • Ivan Dixon as Joseph Asagai
  • Louis Gossett as George Murchison
  • Joel Fluellen as Bobo
  • Roy Glenn as Willie Harris
  • Louis Terrel as Herman
  • Awards

    Ruby Dee won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Both Poitier and MacNeil were nominated for Golden Globe Awards, and Petrie received a special "Gary Cooper Award" at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.


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