A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

It does have enough gritty insights and (for the time) strikingly accurate production details to keep the level of interest up.

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Dan Jardine

Directed in rather pedestrian fashion by Daniel Petrie, the story is powerful enough to rise above such limitations.

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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.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.

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Steve Crum

Fine adaptation of stage play giving Poitier one of his first hits.

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

[An] intelligent screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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TV Guide

The performances are uniformly excellent.

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Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

sometimes claustrophic but powerful study of serious generational and racial issues

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Pierluigi Puccini
It deals, in a very touching way, with issues that test all real life families regardless of their ethnicity or economical background. The strong morality of… More
Byron Brubaker
Enjoyed reading the play in college. Enjoyed seeing the play on a community theater stage. Many of the performers from the original Broadway production… More
Devon Bott
A Raisin in the Sun was the first african-american play written by an african-american to appear on broadway, but how does it translate to the big screen?… More
Dannielle Albert
In tenth grade, I did not appreciate "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. In fact, I found it quite boring. Ten years later, I was deeply… More
Jennifer Xu
After watching the first hour in English, I couldn't resist checking it out to watch the rest for myself. The second half is even better than the first,… More
Danny Rovira
Lorranine Hansberry's moving Broadway play is expertly brought to the sliver screen by director Daniel Petire, it concerns the Youngers, a Negro family… More