A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
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While this original movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play may have dated somewhat, it was groundbreaking when first released in 1961, and a wealth of future plays, films, and TV productions have taken their lead from this socially conscious drama about a struggling African-American family. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) is a strong, proud woman who has raised a family in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her son Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) works as a chauffeur;
May 1, 1961 Wide
Feb 22, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Walter Lee Younger
Louis Gossett Jr
Roy E. Glenn Sr.
George de Normand
Thomas D. Jones
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It does have enough gritty insights and (for the time) strikingly accurate production details to keep the level of interest up.
Daniel Petries' screen version is still a play, but it's a powerful family melodrama, extremely well acted by the entire ensemble, headed by Sidney Poitier
Directed in rather pedestrian fashion by Daniel Petrie, the story is powerful enough to rise above such limitations.
Fine adaptation of stage play giving Poitier one of his first hits.
Ground-breaking in that this was the first drama by a black woman ever to be produced on Broadway, and the play was suspended in order for the original cast to be transported to Hollywood.
[An] intelligent screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play.
sometimes claustrophic but powerful study of serious generational and racial issues
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