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Trusting TCM's Team
- Will Fox
On Veterans' Day, as a veteran US Air Force flying instructor, I wondered why TCM would schedule 1961's "A Raisin in the Sun" about a Chicago ghetto family-- without any veterans, today? Thankfully, trusting TCM's wise team, tuned in to one of the most inspiring introductions, Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Lt. Col. Lynelle White, an African-American, Air Force Academy graduate and Boeing 707/ KC-135 air refueling pilot. (There is a shortage of US Air Force pilots now -- missing more than 700 and there are very few minority women.) She served voluntarily, flying around the world, gaining global knowledge and realizing the American Dream. Now involved with Veterans in Media, she is becoming a screenwriter, to develop multi-dimensional characters, who are more than maids and comic relief. Reviewing "Raisin," she sees Ruby Dee as the wife and "the film's grounding agent," stabilizing her emotionally erratic co-stars: conceited, covetous, get-rich-quick-scheming, sneaky and self-pitying husband and her race-obsessed, sister-in-law. Historically savvy Ben added that the original, successful 1959 Broadway play starred Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil, as the leads in the strained mother-son rivalry. This film's whole cast has great chemistry. Think Black Magic. Additionally, highly recommend Oliver Cutshaw's review below, 1/17/13, "dream not deferred." Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin In The Sun" is brilliantly realized and worthy of multiple movie encores. Happy Thanksgiving to TCM and WATCHTCM on Demand viewers!
Things to Come
- Richard Lewthwaite
Powerful movie, one that makes me weep. It shows the struggles of the black community in 1961 and the things to come to the "Walter Lee' s" of this generation. In it I see the solution to our struggling Detroit schools. Don't follow the new methods proposed by the geniuses from the Washington Beltway or from Lansing. Put the grandmas, the Lena Younger's of Detroit, in charge, and watch things get better in a hurry!
- kevin sellers
One of the greatest American family plays ever written. Right up there with "Long Days Journey" and "Cat". Not much of a movie, though.
- Will Fox
Genuine Christian, hard-working grandmother wisely struggles to keep her family together, while teaching them many valuable, essential ethical lessons. Film explores pursuing the American Dream from the perspectives of three generations of an African-American family living in a small, Chicago-ghetto apartment, while aspiring through multiple paths to succeed, including a get-rich-quick scheme that risks everything. This very believable dynamic occurs in 1961, just before Pres. LBJ's utopian, Great Society programs destroyed the Black Family with perverse incentives that drove maturing men out of families in exchange for decades of decadent dependency on government monies. Stay with this 4-star film to understand what was lost: how to honestly love and realize redemption. Great characters maturing make this a must-see movie.
the taken in the sun
it is a really good book, and it have reflected onto a lot of people because they may have the same connection because this book could / can express a lot of how other family's in the world are feeling because they may have the same connection because 58% African american family"s go through the same thing how this book is explaining it.
A dream not deferred
- Oliver Cutshaw
Wonderful film. Extremely well-acted. Sidney Poitier is marvelous but so is all of the cast. In this film he has a vulnerability we rarely saw in his other movies. He is by alternate turns charming, willful, funny, troubled, and desperate. There are several other versions of this fine play, I think I like this one perhaps because it was made in the era and there seems a special quality of emotional truth to the performances.I think the best performance though is by Ruby Dee. Her mother/wife is so challenged, so worried and weary that you can feel her pain. Film is also of interest because you see early glimpses of Lou Gossett and Ivan Dixon before they became famous as Diana Sands suitors.Even if you have seen other versions of the play, give this one a chance. Well worth the viewing.
A Raisin in the sun. More than just a movie
- Derrick T. Ivory
This film is not just a story about a black family's struggle, it's about learning some solid lesson's in life and how some people in america see you as a black person. How far will a group of people go to exclude you and degrade you at the same time.The cast is excellent, (Sidney Poitier) as Walter lee Younger and Ruby Dee as his wife Ruth Younger, Claudia Mc Neil as poitier's mother, who holds the family together. We all know somebody like that, you were BLESSED. Ruby Dee was so good in this film (Supporting Oscar) well maybe. MR Poitier's performance was Osacar worthy as always.The most important part was when the guy from the home owners association tried to buy something that black people fought and died for, long before he was born, and stll fighting for it 2010. Never trade silver for gold. And why is it that when some black people get a little ahead in life, they feel that they can't talk to each other. Social and economic status is good to have, but don't wear it on your sleeve it makes you look really IGNORANT. The part when Louis Gossett character George Murchison paid a visit to the Younger home to pick up Walter's sister, Walter stated that he would like to talk to George's father about business. George was not helpful at all. See that's want I mean, you come over to my house to date my sister but I can't talk to your father,Let go of the SLAVE MENTALITY BLACK PEOPLE, what you have today could be gone the next day. More than just a movie
Excellent Film - Four Stars
- Bruce Reber
When I was in the Eighth Grade in the early 70's, my English class read the book based on Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin In The Sun", about an African-American family struggling with day-to-day life in a cramped Chicago apartment. It impressed me as one of the most powerful stories I had ever read. I have seen the film version of "Raisin" several times, and it is excellent on all counts, especially the cast which features Sidney Poitier in the role of Walter Younger who is constantly at odds with his family because he has dreams of a better life and is determined to prove that an African-American can succeed in a white-dominated society. When his mother receives a life-insurance check after her husband's death, she and Walter have different ideas on how the money should be spent. He hopes to invest in a liquor store with his friends, but she announces that she's made a down payment on a house in an all-white neighborhood. Both of those dreams seem to be shattered when Walter's friend runs off with the money she gave him to take care of. When the homeowners committee president comes to offer them more money than the house is worth not to move in, Walter's mother tells him to be the man his father expected him to be, and he refuses the offer. The family then moves to their new home, realizing that it will mean more work and struggling, but also knowing that they finally have succeeded in having a little bit better life. " A Raisin In The Sun" is also the first mainstream film with a mostly African-American cast, and takes place mainly in the Younger's small apartment.
I find that any Movie that Sidney Poitier is casting in always turns out Fantastic. This one is no exception, He was great in this film.
this is an amazing adaptation. hard to believe that almost 50 years have passed since this film was released.
ONE OF A KIND
SIDNEY POITIER IS AT HIS CLASSIC BEST IN A RAISIN IN THE SUN.IT IS AN AWESOME FILM.RUBY DEE ALSO TURNS IN A GREAT PERFORMANCE.IT IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND MOVIE.IT DOES HONOR TO THE WRITTEN WORK.
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen
This is one of the best movies i have ever seen