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A Raisin in the Sun
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Produced by Philip Rose
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Starring Sidney Poitier
Ruby Dee
Claudia McNeil
Diana Sands
Stephen Perry
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) May 29, 1961
Running time 128 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $1.5 million
Followed by A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett. The adaptation was based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.

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

There are few differences from 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 scene where Walter tells Lena that the liquor store is important to him is in Lena's bedroom, where in the play, it's shown in the living room.


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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