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A raisin in the sun [videorecording] /

by Susskind, David; Rose, Philip; Poitier, Sidney; McNeil, Claudia; Dee, Ruby; Petrie, Daniel; Rosenthal, Laurence; Hansberry, Lorraine; Columbia Pictures Corporation; Columbia TriStar Home Video (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialSeries: Columbia classics. Publisher: [Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, c1999]Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 0767828062 :.Language note: English dialogue, English, Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles; Closed-captioned.Title notes: $19.99 4-2005 (SPM)Subject(s): Minorities -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Drama | African American families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Drama | Racism -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Drama | Minorías -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Teatro | Afronorteamericanos -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Teatro | Familia -- Illinois -- Chicago vx Teatro | Feature films | Film adaptationsCast: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee.Summary: Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.
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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 world that offers him few opportunities. His wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) takes in laundry to help make ends meet and watches over their son. Younger daughter Beneatha (Diana Sands) is a college student who wants to become a doctor and often speaks of searching for her cultural identity. On the death of her husband, Lena becomes the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance payment, and suddenly the family is in conflict over how the money should be spent. Lena wants to use the money for a down payment on a house. Beneatha is hoping that Lena will help her pay for medical school. And Walter Lee wants to go into business with friends who plan to open a liquor store, which he's convinced will be a sure money maker. The cast, nearly all reprising their roles from the original Broadway production, offers a collection of superb performances; also keep an eye peeled for a young Louis Gossett Jr. as George Murchison. While Daniel Petrie's direction never takes A Raisin in the Sun very far from its roots as a stage play, it captures the power and tension of a strong ensemble cast working with an intelligent and moving script. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Originally released as a motion picture in 1961.

Based on the stage play by Lorraine Hansberry.

Dual-sided DVD. Widescreen version on one side; normal version ("formatted to fit your TV") on the other.

Music by Laurence Rosenthal.

Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee.

Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.

MPAA rating: Not rated.

DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital, mono.

English dialogue, English, Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles; Closed-captioned.

$19.99 4-2005 (SPM)

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