Music mogul Sean Combs stars as Walter Lee Younger, a chauffeur who longs to own his own business and prove his manhood. Phylicia Rashad—who became the first African-American actress to win a Best Actress Tony Award for the stage version—plays Walter Lee’s mother, Lena, a woman desperate to retire from her job as a domestic.
The film debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast by ABC on February 25, 2008. 12.7 million viewers tuned into the program. The production garnered two NAACP Image Awards.