A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

USA | 1961 | 128 min. | Daniel Petrie

November 1, 2022

A black family disagrees on how they plan to use their late father's substantial life insurance payment, all with varying ideas of how to move beyond segregation and disenfranchisement in 1950’s Chicago.

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Sidney Poitier Film Talk

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December 6, 2022 @ Langston

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
  • Principal Cast: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1961
  • Running Time: 128 min.
  • Producer: Ronald H. Gilbert, Philip Rose, David Suskind
  • Screenplay: Lorraine Hansberry
  • Cinematographers: Charles Lawton Jr.
  • Music: Laurence Rosenthal
  • US Distributor: Sony