Neighborhood | Community
This socially conscious drama about a struggling African-American family is the original movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play. Lena Younger is a strong, proud woman who has raised a family in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her son Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) works as a chauffeur; his wife Ruth (Ruby Dee) takes in laundry to help make ends meet; and her younger daughter Beneatha (Diana Sands) is a college student who wants to become a doctor. On the death of her husband, Lena becomes the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance payment, and suddenly the family is in conflict over how the money should be spent. The movie stars Claudia McNeil, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands.