A Raisin in the Sun 2008

A Raisin in the Sun

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Lena Younger (Phylicia Rashad) receives a settlement from her husband's life insurance policy and then must decide what to do with the money. She wants to move out of their apartment into a house in a more genteel neighborhood. Her eldest son, Walter (Sean Combs), aspires to be an entrepreneur. Daughter Beneatha (Sanaa Lathan) hopes to go to medical school. Though their aspirations collide, they try to find a way to retain their family's cohesion.

Cast & Crew

Diddy
Walter Lee Younger
Phylicia Rashad
Lena Younger
Audra McDonald
Ruth Younger
Sanaa Lathan
Beneatha Younger
John Stamos
Carl Lindner
Justin Martin
Travis Younger
Sean Patrick Thomas
George Murchison
David Oyelowo
Joseph Asagai
Paris Qualles
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Craig Zadan
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Neil Meron
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Diddy
Executive Producer
Carl Rumbaugh
Executive Producer
Susan Batson
Executive Producer
David Binder
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Critic Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun

  • Aug 26, 2009
    Great performances by all: entertaining, intense, and yes, "heart-warming".
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2008
    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.
    Joey N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2008
    The was a really moving film. Phyllicia Rashad did an amazing performance. This made me want to see the original.
    Jon L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2008
    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.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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