A Raisin in the Sun
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It does have enough gritty insights and (for the time) strikingly accurate production details to keep the level of interest up."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Directed in rather pedestrian fashion by Daniel Petrie, the story is powerful enough to rise above such limitations."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Ground-breaking in that this was the first drama by a black woman ever to be produced on Broadway, and the play was suspended in order for the original cast to be transported to Hollywood."
‑ , Film4
"The struggle to triumph in the face of adversity transcends the film being pegged as a civil rights picture, and thanks to the leadership of Poitier, a classic is born."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Fine adaptation of stage play giving Poitier one of his first hits."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"[An] intelligent screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Daniel Petries' screen version is still a play, but it's a powerful family melodrama, extremely well acted by the entire ensemble, headed by Sidney Poitier"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The performances are uniformly excellent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"sometimes claustrophic but powerful study of serious generational and racial issues"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
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