Daniel Petrie

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

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.

Film Info

  • Daniel Petrie
  • United States
  • 1961
  • 128 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #945

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 1961 with playwright/screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry
  • New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine
  • Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
  • Excerpt from Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (1978), with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, coeditor of Poitier Revisited
  • Interview from 2002 with director Daniel Petrie
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon and author James Baldwin’s 1969 tribute to Hansberry, “Sweet Lorraine”

Cover based on a poster for the theatrical production of A Raisin in the Sun

Purchase Options

Released Sep 25, 2018

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 1961 with playwright/screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry
  • New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine
  • Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
  • Excerpt from Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (1978), with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, coeditor of Poitier Revisited
  • Interview from 2002 with director Daniel Petrie
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon and author James Baldwin’s 1969 tribute to Hansberry, “Sweet Lorraine”

Cover based on a poster for the theatrical production of A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
Cast
Sidney Poitier
Walter Lee Younger
Claudia McNeil
Lena Younger
Ruby Dee
Ruth Younger
Diana Sands
Beneatha Younger
Ivan Dixon
Asagai
John Fiedler
Mark Lindner
Louis Gossett Jr.
George Murchison
Stephen Perry
Travis Younger
Credits
Director
Daniel Petrie
Screenplay by
Lorraine Hansberry
Produced on the stage by
Philip Rose
Produced on the stage by
David J. Cogan
Produced by
David Susskind
Produced by
Philip Rose
Music by
Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr.
Edited by
William A. Lyon
Edited by
Paul Weatherwax

From The Current

Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun
Traces of Autobiography in A Raisin in the Sun

Professor Imani Perry details how Lorraine Hansberry’s own experience of housing discrimination made its way into her landmark play.

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A Raisin in the Sun: Resistance and Joy
A Raisin in the Sun: Resistance and Joy

This faithful screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s legendary play explores a wide range of perspectives on working-class black life, and over the years has inspired reactions just as diverse.

By Sarita Cannon

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