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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

128 min - Romance, Drama - 28 May 1961
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A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve their piece of the American Dream.

Director:  Daniel Petrie
Stars:  Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Louis Gossett, Jr., Stephen Perry, Joel Fluellen, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler, Roy Glenn, George DeNormand, David Susskind, Bob Sweeney

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve their piece of the American Dream.



Tagline: The Prize-Winning Drama that Warms the Screen with its People and its Passions...

Genres: Romance, Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  28 May 1961

Box Office

Budget:  $1,500,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures Corporation

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 08 min

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