Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta is a 1998 drama film, directed by Maya Angelou. The film stars Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman, Jr., Esther Rolle (in her final film appearance before her death), Loretta Devine, and Wesley Snipes.
|Down in the Delta|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Maya Angelou|
|Produced by||Rick Rosenberg|
|Written by||Myron Goble|
Al Freeman, Jr.
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Edited by||Nancy Richardson|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Box office||$5,672,903 (US)|
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 and 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.
- Alfre Woodard as Loretta Sinclair
- Al Freeman Jr. as Earl Sinclair
- Esther Rolle as Annie Sinclair
- Mary Alice as Rosa Lynn Sinclair
- Loretta Devine as Zenia
- Anne-Marie Johnson as Monica Sinclair
- Mpho Koaho as Thomas Sinclair
- Justin Lord as Dr. Rainey
- Wesley Snipes as Will Sinclair
- Kulani Hassen as Tracy Sinclair
- Sandra Caldwell as Volunteer
- Colleen Williams as Tourist Woman
- Richard Blackburn as Tourist Man
- Philip Akin as Manager
- Mary Fallick as Drug Addict
- Sandi Ross as Pawnbroker
- Barbara Barnes-Hopkins as Prim Woman
- Richard Yearwood as Marco
Alfre 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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