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Down in the Delta

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Director  Maya Angelou
Initial DVD release  July 20, 1999
Writer  Myron Goble
Language  English
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United States
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Release date  August 5, 1998 (1998-08-05) (Urbanworld Film Festival) September 17, 1998 (1998-09-17) (Toronto Film Festival) December 25, 1998 (1998-12-25) (U.S.)
Producers  Wesley Snipes, Reuben Cannon, Rick Rosenberg
Cast  Alfre Woodard (Loretta Sinclair), Al Freeman, Jr. (Earl Sinclair), Esther Rolle (Annie Sinclair), Mary Alice (Rosa Lynn Sinclair), Loretta Devine (Zenia), Wesley Snipes (Will Sinclair)
Similar movies  Al Freeman - Jr appears in both
Tagline  Sometimes, the last place you expected to be is the one place you've always belonged...

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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  • 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
  • Reception

    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."

    Box office

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    The film was successful on limited release.


    The following soundtrack was released from Virgin Records.

    1. "Believe in Love" - Sunday
    2. "God's Stepchild" - Janet Jackson
    3. "Heaven Must Be Like This" - D'Angelo
    4. "If Ever" - Stevie Wonder
    5. "Where Would I Be" - The Leverts (Eddie, Gerald, and Sean)
    6. "I'm Only Human" - Luther Vandross (featuring Cassandra Wilson and Bob James)
    7. "Just A Little Luv" - Shawn Stockman
    8. "We Belong Together" - Tony Thompson And Antoinette
    9. "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" - Chaka Khan
    10. "Let It Go" - Jazzyfatnastees featuring The Roots
    11. "My Soul Don't Dream" - Meshell N'degeocello & Keb' Mo'
    12. "Uh Uh Ooh Ooh Look Out Here It Comes" - Ashford & Simpson
    13. "Don't Let Nuthin' Keep You Down" - Sounds of Blackness
    14. "Family (Score)" - Stanley Clarke
    15. "The Rain" - Tracie Spencer
    16. "Patchwork Quilt" - Sweet Honey in the Rock


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