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
Cinematography Charles Lawton, Jr.
Edited by William A. Lyon
Paul Weatherwax
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, and adapted from the play of the same name 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".



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]

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

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