A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  • NR
  • 2h 8m
  • 1961
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A Raisin in the Sun is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve their piece of the American Dream.
© 1961 renewed 1989 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Don Druker
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It does have enough gritty insights and (for the time) strikingly accurate production details to k...

June 21, 2017
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Randy White
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Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.

June 22, 2017
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Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will be exposed to the prevailing overt prejudices of the early 1960s, against both minorities and women. Walter, the main character drinks in despair. Also, kids might have a hard time warming up to the stark black and white cinematography, the dialogue-heavy scenes left mostly intact from the play, and the single set, the families' apartment. However, this is one of the earliest movies to feature an all-African American cast and it addresses themes that remain relevant today, including the struggles of minorities (and in some part women, too) to attain the "great American dream."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 1, 1961
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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