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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun(1961)

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  • A dream not deferred

    • Oliver Cutshaw
    • 1/17/13

    Wonderful film. Extremely well-acted. Sidney Poitier is marvelous but so is all of the cast. In this film he has a vulnerability we rarely saw in his other movies. He is by alternate turns charming, willful, funny, troubled, and desperate. There are several other versions of this fine play, I think I like this one perhaps because it was made in the era and there seems a special quality of emotional truth to the performances.I think the best performance though is by Ruby Dee. Her mother/wife is so challenged, so worried and weary that you can feel her pain. Film is also of interest because you see early glimpses of Lou Gossett and Ivan Dixon before they became famous as Diana Sands suitors.Even if you have seen other versions of the play, give this one a chance. Well worth the viewing.

  • A Raisin in the sun. More than just a movie

    • Derrick T. Ivory
    • 2/14/10

    This film is not just a story about a black family's struggle, it's about learning some solid lesson's in life and how some people in america see you as a black person. How far will a group of people go to exclude you and degrade you at the same time.The cast is excellent, (Sidney Poitier) as Walter lee Younger and Ruby Dee as his wife Ruth Younger, Claudia Mc Neil as poitier's mother, who holds the family together. We all know somebody like that, you were BLESSED. Ruby Dee was so good in this film (Supporting Oscar) well maybe. MR Poitier's performance was Osacar worthy as always.The most important part was when the guy from the home owners association tried to buy something that black people fought and died for, long before he was born, and stll fighting for it 2010. Never trade silver for gold. And why is it that when some black people get a little ahead in life, they feel that they can't talk to each other. Social and economic status is good to have, but don't wear it on your sleeve it makes you look really IGNORANT. The part when Louis Gossett character George Murchison paid a visit to the Younger home to pick up Walter's sister, Walter stated that he would like to talk to George's father about business. George was not helpful at all. See that's want I mean, you come over to my house to date my sister but I can't talk to your father,Let go of the SLAVE MENTALITY BLACK PEOPLE, what you have today could be gone the next day. More than just a movie

  • Excellent Film - Four Stars

    • Bruce Reber
    • 11/16/09

    When I was in the Eighth Grade in the early 70's, my English class read the book based on Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin In The Sun", about an African-American family struggling with day-to-day life in a cramped Chicago apartment. It impressed me as one of the most powerful stories I had ever read. I have seen the film version of "Raisin" several times, and it is excellent on all counts, especially the cast which features Sidney Poitier in the role of Walter Younger who is constantly at odds with his family because he has dreams of a better life and is determined to prove that an African-American can succeed in a white-dominated society. When his mother receives a life-insurance check after her husband's death, she and Walter have different ideas on how the money should be spent. He hopes to invest in a liquor store with his friends, but she announces that she's made a down payment on a house in an all-white neighborhood. Both of those dreams seem to be shattered when Walter's friend runs off with the money she gave him to take care of. When the homeowners committee president comes to offer them more money than the house is worth not to move in, Walter's mother tells him to be the man his father expected him to be, and he refuses the offer. The family then moves to their new home, realizing that it will mean more work and struggling, but also knowing that they finally have succeeded in having a little bit better life. " A Raisin In The Sun" is also the first mainstream film with a mostly African-American cast, and takes place mainly in the Younger's small apartment.

  • Another Classic

    • Rich
    • 8/14/09

    I find that any Movie that Sidney Poitier is casting in always turns out Fantastic. This one is no exception, He was great in this film.

  • a classic

    • crayola
    • 12/18/07

    this is an amazing adaptation. hard to believe that almost 50 years have passed since this film was released.

  • ONE OF A KIND

    • WALLY
    • 4/2/07

    SIDNEY POITIER IS AT HIS CLASSIC BEST IN A RAISIN IN THE SUN.IT IS AN AWESOME FILM.RUBY DEE ALSO TURNS IN A GREAT PERFORMANCE.IT IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND MOVIE.IT DOES HONOR TO THE WRITTEN WORK.

  • This is one of the best movies I have ever seen

    • Sally
    • 2/17/07

    This is one of the best movies i have ever seen

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