Down in the Delta
|Down in the Delta|
|Directed by||Maya Angelou|
|Produced by||Rick Rosenberg
|Written by||Myron Goble|
Al Freeman, Jr.
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Editing by||Nancy Richardson|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Release dates||August 5, 1998 (Urbanworld Film Festival)
September 17, 1998 (Toronto Film Festival)
December 25, 1998 (U.S.)
|Running time||112 mins|
|Box office||$5,672,903 (US)|
- Alfre Woodard ... Loretta Sinclair
- Al Freeman Jr. ... Earl Sinclair
- Esther Rolle ... Annie Sinclair
- Mary Alice ... Rosa Lynn Sinclair
- Loretta Devine ... Zenia
- Anne-Marie Johnson ... Monica Sinclair
- Mpho Koaho ... Thomas Sinclair
- Justin Lord ... Dr. Rainey
- Wesley Snipes ... Will Sinclair
- Kulani Hassen ... Tracy Sinclair
- Sandra Caldwell ... Volunteer
- Colleen Williams ... Tourist Woman
- Richard Blackburn ... Tourist Man
- Philip Akin ... Manager
- Mary Fallick ... Drug Addict
- Sandi Ross ... Pawnbroker
- Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Prim Woman
Rosa Lynn, an elderly woman, sends her daughter Loretta and her children to live with her brother-in-law in Mississippi. Loretta is an addict and does not want to go, especially since uncle Earl lives in the dry and rural part of Mississippi.
Uncle Earl already has his hands full with his business and a wife who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. He has Loretta help him in his restaurant, and the family begins to find strength in their roots, and start to rebuild their lives.
An important recurring object throughout the film is a silver candelabra, a family heirloom. The candelabra, which everyone refers to as "Nathan," has strong significance to the family. It is finally revealed that Loretta's great-great grandfather Jesse's father was a slave named Nathan, and he was traded for the candelabra. Jesse stole back the candelabra, and it has been passed through the generations, along with Nathan's story, ever since.
Woodard's work drew praise from San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Peter Stack, who lauded her for "a beautifully layered performance...Woodard is magical as a single mother haunted by drugs, alcohol and an inadequate education. She almost single-handedly shores up this somewhat simplistic movie...[h]er instincts for drama and humor provide a welcome dose of human reality, saving a script that veers toward the sentimental."
The film was successful on limited release.
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