• A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

A Raisin in the Sun

Release Date: 1961

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2000

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

This lauded drama follows the Youngers, an African-American family living together in an apartment in Chicago. Following the death of their patriarch, they try to determine what to do with the substantial insurance payment they'll soon receive. Opinions on what to do with the money vary. Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) wants to make a business investment, while his mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), is intent on buying a house for them all to live in -- two differing views of the American Dream.

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler, Louis Gossett Jr., Steven Perry

Director: Daniel Petrie

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: 1950s, Mother, Moving, Underdog, Family, Son, Love, Sister, Emotional, Wife

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962)
Nominated Foreign Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama