A Raisin in the Sun (1989)





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Raisin in the Sun is a 1989 TV adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 Broadway play (previously filmed in 1962). An African-American family hopes to use a $10,000 legacy left them by the family's late father to move out of the Chicago projects and into a white neighborhood. Spearheading the move is matriarch Esther Rolle, who wants to open more opportunity doors for herself and her family. Rolle's son Danny Glover is bitter about the move; he'd hoped to use the inheritance to open his own business. Most of the play involves the heated battles between the idealistic Rolle and the hostile Glover, who feels that moving into an all-white suburb will hinder rather than help his future. For the purposes of this version, a scene from the play that was removed during its original Broadway run is reinstated. Originally broadcast February 1, 1989, Raisin in the Sun was the eighth-season opener for PBS' American Playhouse .
Drama , Television
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Fireside Entertainment


Danny Glover
as Walter Lee
Kim Yancey
as Beneatha
Lou Ferguson
as Asagai
John Fiedler
as Lindner
Kimble Joyner
as Travis
Helen Martin
as Mrs. Johnson
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Skip this and catch the old black and white version (1961) with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Claudia McNeil.


A great play dealing with african american issues in the 1950's. While films of a play are a little hard to watch, this is an excellent performance. I highly recommend if you're at all interested in this story.

Simeon Mahoney
Simeon Mahoney

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