The classic film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s revelatory drama—starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—newly restored.

LORRAINE HANSBERRY’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by DANIEL PETRIE. The original stars—including SIDNEY POITIER (In the Heat of the Night) and RUBY DEE (Do the Right Thing)—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in mid‐century America.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry
  • New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine, on the real‐life events on which the play is based
  • Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
  • Excerpt from The Black Theatre Movement: From “A Raisin in the Sun” to the Present, a 1978 documentary, with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, editor of Poitier Revisited
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 2 hours 8 minutes
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Sidney Poitier

Claudia McNeil

Ruby Dee

Diana Sands

Ivan Dixon

John Fiedler
Theatrical Release Year:
1961
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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The classic film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s revelatory drama—starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—newly restored.

LORRAINE HANSBERRY’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by DANIEL PETRIE. The original stars—including SIDNEY POITIER (In the Heat of the Night) and RUBY DEE (Do the Right Thing)—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in mid‐century America.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter Lorraine Hansberry
  • New interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine, on the real‐life events on which the play is based
  • Episode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
  • Excerpt from The Black Theatre Movement: From “A Raisin in the Sun” to the Present, a 1978 documentary, with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.
  • New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, editor of Poitier Revisited
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 2 hours 8 minutes
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Sidney Poitier

Claudia McNeil

Ruby Dee

Diana Sands

Ivan Dixon

John Fiedler
Theatrical Release Year:
1961
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection
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