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Essential Cinema

A Raisin in the Sun in 35mm

Sponsored by:
Farmers State Bank
The Roxy Theater is proud to present Essential Cinema, a monthly series of the most iconic and important films the artform has to offer. 

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.

Presented in 35mm. Sponsored by Farmers State Bank.
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil
Director: Daniel Petrie
Written by: Lorraine Hansberry
Duration: 128 min
Released: 1961
Genre: Drama

Essential Cinema

A Raisin in the Sun in 35mm

A Raisin in the Sun in 35mm