A Raisin in the Sun

1961 NR 2h 8m DVD

A Raisin in the Sun

1961 NR 2h 8m DVD
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Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee shine in this film version of Lorraine Hansberry's play about an inner-city black family. Poitier plays Walter Lee Younger, a chauffeur with a wife (Dee) and family to support. When a financial windfall puts Younger's dream of starting his own business within reach, the family is plunged into conflict with one another and with the intolerant world around them.
Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett Jr., John Fiedler, Joel Fluellen, Roy Glenn
Daniel Petrie
Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1, Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Spanish (Neutral), Thai, Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that kids will be exposed to the prevailing overt prejudices of the early 1960s, against both minorities and women. Walter, the main character drinks in despair. Also, kids might have a hard time warming up to the stark black and white cinematography, the dialogue-heavy scenes left mostly intact from the play, and the single set, the families' apartment. However, this is one of the earliest movies to feature an all-African American cast and it addresses themes that remain relevant today, including the struggles of minorities (and in some part women, too) to attain the "great American dream."

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A slap in the face.


Walter asks asks why college boys wear " those faggoty white shoes."

Social Behavior

Although they love each other, the family fights ferociously. Walter longs for a better life for himself, but even surrounded by three strong women, he is still the man of the family; he has final say in all decisions and believes women want little out of life for themselves.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Walter drinks.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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