Maternal Instincts: Our Favorite Movie Mamas

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Claudia McNeil, A Raisin in the Sun

We can understand aspiring doctor Beneatha's (Diana Sands) determination to forge her independence and crawl out from under mother's (McNeil) strict Christian upbringing in this adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play.  However, we did cheer a little when McNeil put her in her place after Beneatha crossed the line from outspoken to disrespectful and clearly needed "her fresh little jaw slapped."


(Photo: Courtesy Columbia Pictures)

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