A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
as Lena Younger
as Ruth Younger
as Beneatha Younger
as Walter Lee Younger
as Joseph Asagai
as George Murchison
as Carl Lindner
as Cocktail Waitress
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Critic Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun
No one will mistake this well-produced but inevitably dialogue-driven piece for pure cinema, but Leon and adapter Paris Qualles open up the play just enough to avoid the usual stage-to-screen claustrophobia.
A quintessentially American play, revisited...this one has towering performances from Rashad and McDonald.
An African-American classic every bit as relevant today as when it was first staged.
Audience Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun
The was a really moving film. Phyllicia Rashad did an amazing performance. This made me want to see the original.
A solid TV movie. I love the stage play. There is a lot for me to identify with in the story though I'm not a racial minority. It was interesting to see the one room stage set expanded upon with some scenes of each character out in the world. Diddy is not bad, but the women steal the show.
Masterful writing with some truly excellent performances. Really the only downside is the distracting orchestra playing what seemed like continuously in the background. All three women are amazing in their own distinct ways, and Sean Combs, though hardly a marval, holds his own. Interestingly, for me he was more convincing showing his character's flaws than the everday stuff. Phylicia Rashad has a very warm presence and gives a graceful performance. Sanaa Lathan makes what could have been an annoying character in lesser hands and gives her some truth. And Audra McDonald? Loved her. She made me really feel for her trapped, modest, underappreciated housewife. I might make it sound like a heavy-handed contricance, but the film gets by on sheer narrative momentum. A weighty, moving experience about capitalism, racism, family, and integrity in 1950s America.
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