A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Sidney Poitier
Director: Daniel Petrie Sr. Cast: Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
, Claudia McNeil
Claudia McNeil
, Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Daniel Petrie Sr.

DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored / Subtitled)

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Overview

While this original movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play may have dated somewhat, it was groundbreaking when first released in 1961, and a wealth of future plays, films, and TV productions have taken their lead from this socially conscious drama about a struggling African-American family. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) is a strong, proud woman who has raised a family in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her son Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) works as a chauffeur; intelligent and ambitious but impulsive and often angry, he desperately wants to get ahead in a world that offers him few opportunities. His wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) takes in laundry to help make ends meet and watches over their son. Younger daughter Beneatha (Diana Sands) is a college student who wants to become a doctor and often speaks of searching for her cultural identity. On the death of her husband, Lena becomes the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance payment, and suddenly the family is in conflict over how the money should be spent. Lena wants to use the money for a down payment on a house. Beneatha is hoping that Lena will help her pay for medical school. And Walter Lee wants to go into business with friends who plan to open a liquor store, which he's convinced will be a sure money maker. The cast, nearly all reprising their roles from the original Broadway production, offers a collection of superb performances; also keep an eye peeled for a young Louis Gossett Jr. as George Murchison. While Daniel Petrie's direction never takes A Raisin in the Sun very far from its roots as a stage play, it captures the power and tension of a strong ensemble cast working with an intelligent and moving script.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2018
UPC: 0715515220712
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 4,935

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Walter Lee Younger
Claudia McNeil Lena Younger
Ruby Dee Ruth Younger
Diana Sands Beneatha Younger
Ivan Dixon Joseph Asagai
Louis Gossett George Murchison
Stephen Perry Travis Younger
John Fiedler Karl Lindner
Joel Fluellen Bobo
Roy E. Glenn Willie Harris
Ray Stubbs Bartender
Rudolph Monroe Taxi Driver
George de Normand Employer
Thomas D. Jones Chauffeur
Louis Terkel Herman

Technical Credits
Daniel Petrie Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
Lorraine Hansberry Screenwriter
Ben Lane Makeup
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
William Lyon Editor
Arthur Norton Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Rose Producer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
David Susskind Producer
Paul Weatherwax Editor

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