Raisin in the Sun [Widescreen]

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Synopsis

While this original movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play may have dated somewhat, it was groundbreaking when first released in 1961, and a wealth of future plays, films, and TV productions have taken their lead from this socially conscious drama about a struggling African-American family. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) is a strong, proud woman who has raised a family in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her son Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) works as a chauffeur; intelligent and ambitious but impulsive and often angry, he desperately wants to get ahead in a world that offers him few opportunities. His wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) takes in laundry to help make ends meet and watches over their son. Younger daughter Beneatha (Diana Sands) is a college student who wants to become a doctor and often speaks of searching for her cultural identity. On the death of her husband, Lena becomes the beneficiary of a 10,000 life insurance payment, and suddenly the family is in conflict over how the money should be spent. Lena wants to use the money for a down payment on a house. Beneatha is hoping that Lena will help her pay for medical school. And Walter Lee wants to go into business with friends who plan to open a liquor store, which he's convinced will be a sure money maker. The cast, nearly all reprising their roles from the original Broadway production, offers a collection of superb performances; also keep an eye peeled for a young Louis Gossett Jr. as George Murchison. While Daniel Petrie's direction never takes A Raisin in the Sun very far from its roots as a stage play, it captures the power and tension of a strong ensemble cast working with an intelligent and moving script. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Chapter List

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:24]
2. 7:30 Am [6:52]
3. "I Got Me a Dream." [2:56]
4. Beneatha [3:14]
5. "My First Day Home." [4:35]
6. Money Plans [4:29]
7. Guitars, Dates & God [4:25]
8. "He Needs His Chance." [5:22]
9. Two-Months Pregnant [1:20]
10. Joseph Asagai [7:52]
11. $10,000 Check [3:29]
12. Lena Says No [2:04]
13. "I Ain't Got Nothing!" [4:13]
14. 5 Dollars Down [3:15]
15. African Heritage [4:16]
16. George [7:28]
17. "She Bought You a House." [5:51]
18. Butchered Dream [3:15]
19. Kitty Kat Klub [5:22]
20. Their New Home [5:59]
21. The Welcoming Committee [7:21]
22. "You Had a Caller." [2:59]
23. Bobo's News [5:02]
24. A Bit of a Suggestion [5:35]
25. "Tell Them Not to Come." [2:34]
26. "I Made a Call." [4:32]
27. The Time to Love [2:51]
28. Plain & Proud People [8:56]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:24]
2. 7:30 Am [6:52]
3. "I Got Me a Dream." [2:56]
4. Beneatha [3:14]
5. "My First Day Home." [4:35]
6. Money Plans [4:29]
7. Guitars, Dates & God [4:25]
8. "He Needs His Chance." [5:22]
9. Two-Months Pregnant [1:20]
10. Joseph Asagai [7:52]
11. $10,000 Check [3:29]
12. Lena Says No [2:04]
13. "I Ain't Got Nothing!" [4:13]
14. 5 Dollars Down [3:15]
15. African Heritage [4:16]
16. George [7:28]
17. "She Bought You a House." [5:51]
18. Butchered Dream [3:15]
19. Kitty Kat Klub [5:22]
20. Their New Home [5:59]
21. The Welcoming Committee [7:21]
22. "You Had a Caller." [2:59]
23. Bobo's News [5:02]
24. A Bit of a Suggestion [5:35]
25. "Tell Them Not to Come." [2:34]
26. "I Made a Call." [4:32]
27. The Time to Love [2:51]
28. Plain & Proud People [8:56]