A Raisin in the Sun

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Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and John Stamos all return to reprise the roles they originally played on Broadway in this made for television take on Lorraine Hansbury's timeless play about a 1950s-era Chicago family longing for a better life. Walter Lee has died, and now his widow Lena Younger (Rashad) is about to receive a $10,000 check from her late-husband's insurance company. Everyone in the family dreams about the ways their lives will be changed with the arrival of the money, ...
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Overview

Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, and John Stamos all return to reprise the roles they originally played on Broadway in this made for television take on Lorraine Hansbury's timeless play about a 1950s-era Chicago family longing for a better life. Walter Lee has died, and now his widow Lena Younger (Rashad) is about to receive a $10,000 check from her late-husband's insurance company. Everyone in the family dreams about the ways their lives will be changed with the arrival of the money, family matriarch Lena - who longs to retire from her job as a domestic servant for a wealthy white family - in particular. Having lived in a one room tenement apartment ever since she and her late husband originally married, Lena is eager to purchase a house of her own and provide her family with a real home. Lena's son Walter Lee, Jr. (Combs), currently employed as a chauffer, and has recently become taken with the idea of purchasing a liquor store as a means of solving his family's financial woes. Like her mother-in-law, Walter's wife Ruth (McDonald) is also a domestic servant for a white family, and dreams of the day she can walk away from her job. While Walter's sister Beneatha (Lathan) strives to become a medical professional, tuition is expensive and she is currently being pursued by two men - wealthy but superficial George Murchison (Sean Patrick Thomas) and intellectual classmate Joseph Asagai (David Oyelowo). Much to everyone's surprise, Lena uses the lion's share of the money to purchase a home in the all-white residential neighborhood of Cllaybourne, splitting the remainder between Walter (for his entrepreneurial endeavor) and Beneatha (for tuition). Around the same time Walter loses his share of the inheritance to a smooth talking con man who claimed he could help finance the liquor store, the Claybourne "home improvement" association makes the discovery that the Youngers are black and sends emissary Mr. Lindner (John Stamos) to try prevent their neighborhood from becoming integrated by buying the house back. Now faced with the prospect of losing it all, Walter considers making a deal with Mr. Lindner in order to recover his losses.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Kenny Leon; "Dreams Worthwhile: A Journey of A Raisin in the Sun" featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • UPC: 043396249615
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,412

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Combs Walter Lee Jr.
Audra McDonald Ruth
Phylicia Rashad Lena Younger
Sanaa Lathan Beneatha
Justin Martin Travis
Bill Nunn Bobo
David Oyelowo Joseph Asagai
Ron C. Jones Willy Harris
Sean Patrick Thomas George Murchison
John Stamos Mr. Linder
Technical Credits
Kenny Leon Director
Susan Batson Executive Producer
Royce Bergman Co-producer
David Binder Executive Producer
Karen Bromley Production Designer
James Calleri Casting
Rory Cheyne Art Director
Tim Christenson Co-producer
Sean Combs Executive Producer
John M. Eckert Producer
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Johnson Asst. Director
Melissa Kent Editor
Neil Meron Executive Producer
Gersha Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Paris Qualles Screenwriter
Carl Rumbaugh Executive Producer
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Mervyn Warren Score Composer
Craig Zadan Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Raisin in the Sun
1. Chapter 1 [4:49]
2. Chapter 2 [6:17]
3. Chapter 3 [3:32]
4. Chapter 4 [5:48]
5. Chapter 5 [5:54]
6. Chapter 6 [5:03]
7. Chapter 7 [3:06]
8. Chapter 8 [3:36]
9. Chapter 9 [4:16]
10. Chapter 10 [5:53]
11. Chapter 11 [2:04]
12. Chapter 12 [9:00]
13. Chapter 13 [4:15]
14. Chapter 14 [8:05]
15. Chapter 15 [4:45]
16. Chapter 16 [3:52]
17. Chapter 17 [:44]
18. Chapter 18 [2:44]
19. Chapter 19 [3:34]
20. Chapter 20 [2:41]
21. Chapter 21 [5:36]
22. Chapter 22 [4:32]
23. Chapter 23 [2:43]
24. Chapter 24 [5:10]
25. Chapter 25 [5:29]
26. Chapter 26 [1:49]
27. Chapter 27 [6:17]
28. Chapter 28 [5:01]
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Disc #1 -- A Raisin in the Sun
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hopes and Dreams.

    Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra Mc Donald, Phylicia Rashad, John Stamos, Bill Nunn, and Sean Patrick Thomas all star in this 1959 Chicago based adaptation of Lorraine Hansbury's play, "A Raisin in the Sun." Wanting more than what is expected for him, Walter Lee dreams of financial independence and hopes for a better life for his family. He wants the next generation to be ahead of where he and the prior generation feel they are "trapped". Using 21st century vernacular to update this story the actors made this storyline come-to-life. Money becomes the focus of the family feuds. Walter becomes desperate and driven to obsession by his dream. The character development draws you into the story and has you feel how "trapped" Walter and his family members believe they are. This DVD inspires you to keep hoping and dreaming. It is touching, emotional, and dramatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A huge fan of the original...I was surprised at how good it really was

    I'm a huge fan of the original with Sidney Poitier, so when I saw that Sean Combs was in the remake, I immediately decided I wouldn't watch it. Well, I did, and I was glad that I did. It was great, and Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and all the other actors did an amazing job. I highly recommend this movie.

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    Posted July 18, 2010

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