A Raisin In The Sun

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  • Genre(s): Romance Drama
  • Release year: 1961
  • Running time: 128 min
Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars—including Sidney Poitier and Ruby... read more
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Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars—including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. The Youngers await a life-insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America.

Original Release

05/28/1961

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Cast

Louis Gossett Jr. George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
Sidney Poitier Walter Lee Younger
Ruby Dee Ruth Younger
John Fiedler Mark Lindner
Ivan Dixon Asagai
Claudia McNeil Lena Younger
Diana Sands Beneatha Younger
Joel Fluellen Bobo
Roy Glenn Willie Harris
George DeNormand Employer (uncredited)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Daniel Petrie

Writers

Lorraine Hansberry

Cast

Louis Gossett Jr. George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
Sidney Poitier Walter Lee Younger
Ruby Dee Ruth Younger
John Fiedler Mark Lindner
Ivan Dixon Asagai
Claudia McNeil Lena Younger
Diana Sands Beneatha Younger
Joel Fluellen Bobo
Roy Glenn Willie Harris
George DeNormand Employer (uncredited)
David Susskind On-screen Trailer Narrator (uncredited)
Bob Sweeney Insurance Company Agent (uncredited)
Steven Perry Travis Younger (as Stephen Perry)
Louis Terrel Herman

Producers

Editors

William A. Lyon, Paul Weatherwax

1962 Golden Globe Best Actress - Drama Nominated
1962 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
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