Raisin In the Sun (1961) (Region 1 DVD)

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Timeless classic with Sidney Poitier. Languages English. SUB-English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. 128 minutes.

Product Details

Barcode
43396009196
Department
Movies & TV
Released
2 Aug 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Sub-genre
Classic
Region
Region 1
Studio
Sony Pictures
Runtime
128 min
Age Restriction
UNR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Raisin in the Sun
Release Year
1961
Running Time
128 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Dramas / Essential Cinema / Personal Triumph / Race Relations / Recommended / Stage Play / Tear Jerker / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Director Daniel Petrie's highly acclaimed drama is a seminal portrait of African American life in the mid-1950s, based on Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play, that achieved critical and commercial success at a time when the viability of a black audience or a white crossover audience was not considered a possibility. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil), the stalwart matriarch of an impoverished black family, dreams of owning a nice home in a tidy, integrated suburb. In the meantime, she shares a small apartment on Chicago's South Side with her underemployed adult son, Walter (Sidney Poitier); his emotionally resilient wife, Ruth (Ruby Dee); their child, Travis (Stephen Perry); and her daughter, Beneatha (Diana Sands). Though there's plenty of love in the family, the close quarters breed desperation and discontent. But Lena's prayers are finally answered when she receives a $10,000 insurance policy her husband left behind. The money becomes a symbol for freedom for each member of the Younger family: Lena sees it as a ticket out of the ghetto and into a home of her own, Walter sees it as a chance to regain his dignity and start his own business, while Beneatha dreams of medical school. Their internal struggle threatens to tear the Younger family apart in this moving and claustrophobic vision of life in the bigoted and oppressive environment of a 1950s tenement. Petrie's film features strong and captivating performances from the cast, reprising their 1959 Broadway roles.
Cast & Crew
Director
Daniel Petrie
Star
Ruby Dee / Ivan Dixon / Joel Fluellen / Louis Gossett / Claudia McNeil / Stephen Perry / Sidney Poitier / Diana Sands
Composer
Laurence Rosenthal
Producer
Philip Rose / David Susskind
Director of Photography
Charles Lawton
Editor
William A. Lyon / Paul Weatherwax
Music Director
Arthur Norton
Art Director
Carl Anderson
Writer
Lorraine Hansberry