Raisin In The Sun


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Genre: Dramas
Director: Theatrical Release: 1961
Rated: Not Rated
Length: 128 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Director Daniel Petrie's highly acclaimed drama is a seminal portrait of African American life in the mid-1950s, based on Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play, that achieved critical and commercial success at a time when the viability of a black audience or a white crossover audience was not considered a possibility. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil), the stalwart matriarch of an impoverished black family, dreams of owning a nice home in a tidy, integrated suburb. In the meantime, she shares a small apartment on Chicago's South Side with her underemployed adult son, Walter (Sidney Poitier); his emotionally resilient wife, Ruth (Ruby Dee); their child, Travis (Stephen Perry); and her daughter, Beneatha (Diana Sands). Though there's plenty of love in the family, the close quarters breed desperation and discontent. But Lena's prayers are finally answered when she receives a $10,000 insurance policy her husband left behind. The money becomes a symbol for freedom for each member of the Younger family: Lena sees it as a ticket out of the ghetto and into a home of her own, Walter sees it as a chance to regain his dignity and start his own business, while Beneatha dreams of medical school. Their internal struggle threatens to tear the Younger family apart in this moving and claustrophobic vision of life in the bigoted and oppressive environment of a 1950s tenement. Petrie's film features strong and captivating performances from the cast, reprising their 1959 Broadway roles.;

Language Usage   Subtitled
Release Language   English
Color   B&W
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   Y
Extra Info   Multiple Languages
Ivan Dixon - Kinchloe of TV's "Hogan's Heroes"
Claudia McNeil - Actress/"Roll Of Thunder"
Sidney Poitier - American Actor, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Diana Sands - American Actress
Joel Fluellen - American Character Actor
Stephen Perry - American Actor, A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961)
Laurence Rosenthal - American Composer
David Susskind - Producer
Charles Lawton Jr. -
Carl Anderson - Art Director, Production Designer, mid '40s-early '80s
Lorraine Hansberry - American Playwright/Author
Paul Weatherwax - Editor
Arthur Norton - Score Composer
Philip Rose -

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