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Released Runtime Category
1961 128 Drama
Director Language
Daniel Petrie English
Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Roy Glenn

A Raisin in the Sun

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What's it About
Walter Lee Younger (Poitier) is a proud but frustrated young man counting on his recently widowed mother, Lena (McNeil), to let him invest her $10,000 life-insurance check in a business which could lift him and his family out of their dead-end existence. Despite her son's entreaties, Lena plans to buy a home and leave Chicago's South Side for good, stoking Walter's anguish and resentment.
Why we love it
Based on Lorraine Hansberry's play, Daniel Petrie's magnificent "A Raisin in the Sun" provides an ideal star vehicle for young Poitier's explosive talent. The actor projects barely suppressed rage as he pleads with Claudia McNeil's resolute matriarch, who wants to use her money to buy a new home. Poitier's raw desperation is palpable as his one chance to better himself slips away. See this for Poitier's intense performance, and McNeil's equally powerful turn as his mother. Ruby Dee also scores as Ruth, Walter's long-suffering wife.

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