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188 Ratings

A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by Daniel Petrie
United States, 1961


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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A Raisin in the Sun Directed by Daniel Petrie

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1961 | Winner: Gary Cooper Award

National Board of Review

1961 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

BAFTA Awards

1962 | 2 nominations including: Best Foreign Actor

Directors Guild of America

1962 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

The crowning achievement of this film version of A Raisin in the Sun is its very fidelity to its theatrical origins: the way it successfully brings to the screen the play’s elucidation of the difficulties that African Americans have contended with for generations, presenting fully realized black characters in a medium that has historically portrayed black people in limited and often demeaning ways.
September 25, 2018
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