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90% Tomatometer 51 Reviews 86% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings This lauded drama follows the Youngers, an African-American family living together in an apartment in Chicago. Following the death of their patriarch, they try to determine what to do with the substantial insurance payment they'll soon receive. Opinions on what to do with the money vary. Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) wants to make a business investment, while his mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), is intent on buying a house for them all to live in -- two differing views of the American Dream. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Led by a masterful performance from Sidney Poitier, A Raisin in the Sun expertly blends social commentary with pure entertainment.

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A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Marjory Adams Boston Globe Has everything to recommend it from intelligent dialog to ingenious photography; from honest and exciting characterization to sly artful fun. Aug 23, 2022 Full Review A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Myles Standish St. Louis Post-Dispatch A powerful picture alternately funny, angry, explosive, stunning and pathetic, but always honest and with the unmistakable ring of authenticity in its people and its dialog. Aug 23, 2022 Full Review A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Bosley Crowther New York Times It is a wonderful, warm comprehension of a people's humor, strength and dignity under a multitude of sad and silly burdens. It should generate love, not hate. Aug 23, 2022 Full Review A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Louie Robinson Jet Magazine Lorraine Hansberry’s brilliant Broadway play has been transferred to the motion picture screen with all of its earthy drama and humor intact -- a rare feat in moviemaking. Jan 17, 2024 Full Review A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Chazz Crawford California Eagle It's a great, great show. Aug 24, 2022 Full Review A Raisin in the Sun | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Moira Walsh America Magazine A powerful drama about basically decent, ordinary, likeable people. Aug 23, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Fredric B The Stellar cast in this story has no equal! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review Lauri S The actors do phenomenal work here, especially Sidney Poitier. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/24 Full Review Nicholas K I think A Raisin In the Sun 1961 was really well done and very good at staying close to the original novel. My favorite part of this film is how the characters emotions are shown, I feel as though these are real people and I feel when they are hurt or when they are happy. Walter is my favorite character for an example, showing how he is able to go from happiness to sadness in a few seconds showing how the emotional scale works. In the film when Bobo comes and tells Walter about what happens to the money we can really tell the grief and the pain he was feeling. Right before this scene however we see Walter happy and singing his heart out, leading on to where the money was taken. We feel the emotional attachment to Walter and Mama in this scene too. I do say that if you want a movie that is close to the novel in video format this would be a great representation. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/23/23 Full Review Brady ren S Absolutely abysmal so boring do not watch Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 11/29/22 Full Review Audience Member Timeless! A MUST SEE for everyone, in any year & any age. A lesson in life that touches every sense of our being. Should be shown in all schools, jails & classes of people in every level, every race, creed & color. An all time CLASSIC! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member A great portrayal of an African-American family struggling to get ahead. All of the cast members give great performances. The photography is excellent, and the editing is tight. I think this is a must see film. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Daniel Petrie Director Sidney Poitier Walter Lee Younger Claudia McNeil Lena Younger Ruby Dee Ruth Younger Diana Sands Beneatha Younger Ivan Dixon Asagai
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Synopsis This lauded drama follows the Youngers, an African-American family living together in an apartment in Chicago. Following the death of their patriarch, they try to determine what to do with the substantial insurance payment they'll soon receive. Opinions on what to do with the money vary. Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) wants to make a business investment, while his mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), is intent on buying a house for them all to live in -- two differing views of the American Dream.

Director
Daniel Petrie

Producer
David Susskind, Philip Rose

Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation

Genre
Drama

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 29, 1961, Limited

Release Date (Streaming)
May 25, 2010

Runtime
2h 8m
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