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Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta
Actors: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Esther Rolle, Mary Alice, Loretta Devine
Director: Maya Angelou
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema
PG-13     1999     1hr 52min

DOWN IN THE DELTA brings together an outstanding cast of stars in an uplifting story of family, community, and friendship! In a desperate attempt to change her life, Loretta (Alfre Woodard -- STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, MUMF...  more »


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Actors: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Esther Rolle, Mary Alice, Loretta Devine
Director: Maya Angelou
Creators: Alfre Woodard, Myron Goble, Reuben Cannon, Rick Rosenberg, Robert W. Christiansen, Terri Farnsworth
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Family Life, African American Cinema
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/20/1999
Original Release Date: 12/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

All THat and More
thesavvybamalady | Prichard, Alabama USA | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wasn't able to see this film initially due to me moving back south, but the minute I saw it on video, I rented it, the minute I saw it on sale, I bought it and don't regret it. I am not surprised that this film is not up there as one of the best family films ever made. Here you have a movie made by one of the most talented and versatile women in this country, a cast of some of the best black actors around, and when the movie comes out,it gets little notice. Go figure. When I first saw this movie, I fell in love with it. The fact that this guy took the very object that his father was sold for and it stayed in that family from generation to generation. Beautiful. I think that the movie should be viewed in schools,churches,wherever you have an audience."
First-Rate Drama
thesavvybamalady | 10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Once again, Alfre Woodard shows us why she's one of the top American actresses. I do not understand why she isn't in more big-budget films. Just remember, this is the actress that lit up the stage twenty years ago in Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide. . . ."Down in the Delta is a splendid film, rich in character development, themes, and filmmaking. Angelou is to be applauded.We need more films like this!"
A well-acted family story
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 03/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Down in the Delta," directed by Maya Angelou, tells the story of Loretta (played by Alfre Woodard), a single mother who lives in Chicago and faces economic hardships. She and her kids move to the family's rural ancestral home to live with her uncle (Al Freeman, Jr.). This change of setting has a profound impact on the family.Those familiar with Angelou's fine books will probably see similar themes explored in this film. Solid performances are turned in by the excellent ensemble cast. I was especially impressed by Mpho Koaho as Loretta's young son. And veteran performer Esther Rolle turns in particularly moving performance as Loretta's Alzheimer's-afflicted aunt.This film does a good job of exploring a variety of interconnected relationships in this multigenerational context. The film celebrates family ties and family tradition, as well as one's capacity to overcome adversity."
A wonderful, heartwarming movie the whole family can enjoy.
Michael J. Mazza | 09/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Any evening would be a good evening to enjoy this movie. My teenage daughters, my wife and myself were very pleased with this movie. It is a strong black movie with a excellent cast. Alfre Woodward was at her best as a Chicago mother going "down in the delta" to help save herself and her family.I would suggest this movie to anyone who enjoys movies stressing strong families, no profanity, no sex, and some of the finest actors I have seen in a long time. Big ups also to the director Maya Angelou."