Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall.
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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 the family matriarch who tries to lessen their children's rebellious and contestatary attitude towards an unfair society.
Faithful adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play that may often suffer from its stage bound type setting but is able to elicit a strong emotional response from the viewer. A tale of self fixation; disappointment in life; betrayal of oneself and others; yet with a deep emotional core of family fidelity, pride and perseverance that battles the odds. Claudia McNeil is perfection as the family matriarch.
Most times I prefer reading the script because minor details are often omitted, when filmed, to adhere to the sensibilities of the times (ex. A Streetcar Named Desire largely ignored the script's implications of homosexuality and rape).
I feel though, that this is a very good, and accurate, adaptation of the play.