A Raisin in the Sun

128 minutes

The 1961 screen version of Lorraine Hansberry's play, about a black family in the Chicago ghetto trying to make sense of their lives, stars Sidney Poitier, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, and Ivan Dixon. Daniel Petrie directed. Don Bogle, something of an authority on black films, calls it a disorganized integrationist melodrama, but it does have enough gritty insights and (for the time) strikingly accurate production details to keep the level of interest up.

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