A Raisin in the Sun


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A Raisin in the Sun
The 1961 screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, brings to the screen one of the most celebrated literary prose ever written. The movie revolves around the struggles of class, race and religion of an African-American family living in Chicago, Ill., in the early 1960s. The movie stars Sydney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger, Jr., Claudia McNeil as Lena Younger (Mrs. Younger Sr.), Ruby Dee as Ruth Younger (Walter’s wife), and Diana Sands as Beneatha Younger (Walter’s Sister), all of whom are the central characters. The movie is considered a classic because of the fantastic performances of the actors, the open theme of racism and family strife, and the overwhelming forces exerted on ordinary...
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.....icately and intricately weave through the mire of societal bigotry, monetary hardship, and religious diversity so prevalent during this time period in American history. The magnificent portrayal of the characters is enhanced by the setting of the movie which primarily takes place in the cramped quarters of the Younger’s apartment; an apartment they have lived in for many years. The movie is the perfect balance of story, theme, acting directing and setting, and should be considered one of the greatest dramatic movies ever created. It is acting, writing and directing as good as it gets.
A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. Daniel Petrie. Perf. Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana 
Sands, Ivan Dixon. 1961. DVD. Sony Pictures, 2000.