A Raisin in the Sun - Sidney Poitier Tribute

Sidney Poitier Remembered. "A groundbreaking work that manages to be both specific to the African-American experience and universal in its themes of hope, change, and upward mobility." - Screen Daily

Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars—including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. The Youngers await a life-insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America. Poitier and McNeil earned lead acting Golden Globe nominations, yet were snubbed at the Oscars.

"First things first. Sidney Poitier is one of the true artists of our time." - New York Daily News

"The themes and words that rang through Broadway cut like a thousand knives in the movie adaptation as well." - AwardsCircuit.com


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