A Raisin in the Sun (1961 film)

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A Raisin in the Sun
Raisin in the sun 1961 poster horizontal b.jpg
One of original theatrical posters
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Produced by Philip Rose
David Susskind
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Starring Sidney Poitier
Ruby Dee
Claudia McNeil
Diana Sands
Stephen Perry
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • May 29, 1961 (1961-05-29)
Running time 128 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million

A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett. The adaptation was based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry. It follows a black family that wants a better life away from the city.

In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Differences from play[edit]

There are few differences between the original play and the film. One difference is that in the movie, Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) gives Walter $6,500 in a bar. In the play, this is done in their apartment (the only setting throughout the play). The family also leaves the apartment in order to visit the house bought by Lena. The scene where Walter tells Lena that the liquor store is important to him is in Lena's bedroom, while in the play, it's shown in the living room. The film also shows the character of Willie Harris (played by Roy Glenn) who talks Walter into the liquor store investment and then runs off with the money Walter invested.


Ruby Dee won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Both Poitier and MacNeil were nominated for Golden Globe Awards, and Petrie received a special "Gary Cooper Award" at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Raisin in the Sun". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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