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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s play has been given a masterful film adaptation, with the emotional truth of her words left intact. We’re told of some superficial compromises, but they do not diminish the play’s powerful clash between old and new ideas in a Southside Chicago family struggling to escape poverty. This may be Sidney Poitier’s best screen performance, but the honors are shared with a superlative cast.

A Raisin in the Sun


The Criterion Collection 945

1961 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 128 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 25, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler, Louis Gossett Jr., Stephen Perry, Joel Fluellen, Louis Terrel, Roy Glenn.

Cinematography: Charles Lawton Jr.

Film Editors: William A. Lyon, Paul Weatherwax

Original Music: Laurence Rosenthal

Written by Lorraine Hansberry, from her play

Produced by David Susskind, Philip Rose

Directed by Daniel Petrie

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