Down in the Delta 1998 PG-13 CC

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Sometimes The Best Place To Be...Is The Place You Least Expected. Down In The Delta brings together an outstanding cast of stars in an uplifting story of family, community and friendship!

Starring:
Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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Down in the Delta

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Genres Drama
Director Maya Angelou
Starring Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine
Supporting actors Mary Alice, Esther Rolle, Loretta Devine, Mpho Koaho, Kulani Hassen, Anne-Marie Johnson, Wesley Snipes, Justin Lord, Richard Yearwood, Sandra Caldwell, Colleen Williams, Richard Blackburn, Philip Akin, Mary Fallick, Sandi Ross, Barbara Barnes-Hopkins, Marium Carvell, Quancetia Hamilton
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Besides being a well filmed movie, it tells a great story.
Joe Uttech
The film celebrates family ties and family tradition, as well as one's capacity to overcome adversity.
Michael J. Mazza
All the acting is first-rate with an especially great performance by Alfre Woodard.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By thesavvybamalady VINE VOICE on April 17, 2000
Format: DVD
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2003
Format: DVD
"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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. W. Noronha on June 9, 2002
Format: DVD
I haven't felt this good about a movie in a long time. Not since "A Trip to Bountiful" anyway. I don't know how I missed it on the big screen. Thank god for DVD. (Too bad Bountiful is not out on DVD yet. )
It is a beautifully-made family movie without sex, violence and foul language (or even harsh language for that matter). If you want any of that or fast-paced action (Wesley Snipes in not cast in his usual role) you will not get it here. In fact, I don't know why it wasn't rated G.
I wont bother to repeat the story since it has been covered by other reviewers here. Maya Angelou has made a slow-paced but even-tempoed film that chronicles a family's struggle to stay together. In her subtle way she almost succeeds in making us fail to notice that this is an African-American film with barely a white face seen except in flash-back sequences. Her subtlety also extends to portraying strength in her female characters even when they are flawed. It is enlightening to watch how she blends societal contrasts so effortlessly - the contrast between the haves and the have-nots and the one between urban and rural America.
All in all, this is a good movie to watch with your family.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this movie the first time just because of the cast. I've always thought Alfre Woodard was wonderful, and don't get me started about Mary Alice, Al Freeman Jr., and Esther Rolle! I just loved it, and I caught it again when it ran on cable a while back. I've told everyone I know to see it. It's what so-called traditional family values are all about: caring and integrity and your family heritage, and, most of all, LOVE!
It was also good to see Wesley Snipes step out of his usual bada*** roles into something different--he pulls it off pretty well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Phillips on June 26, 2002
Format: DVD
This was a phenomenal movie. This is one of the only movies I have seen where African-American families are portrayed in a positive, and yet not politically manipulative light. The messages delivered through this production are as timeless as the meaning behind "Nathan" (a centerpiece in the movie). I would highly recommend this for teachers to use for powerful examples of ethnic identity development, positive examples of multicultural awareness, and inspirational teachings for all students. Additionally, this is a great show for families to feel comfortable watching together (however, there may be one or two scenes that are a little harsh for children- but they are not graphic by any means).
Overall, this is an excellent film!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela of Imani Literary Group on October 13, 1999
Format: DVD
This movie ranks in the top five of positive films about African American families and our lives. From Alfre Woodard to James Freeman Jr. to Wesley Snipes to Mary Alice to the young and old supporting cast. This is real--our struggles, our sacrifices, our love, our strength, the integrity of our ancestral heritage, our survival in spite of hardships. Hollywood, with the help of Black filmmakers and directors had better start producing more movies like this one, "Once upon a Time when We Were Colored" and "Eve's Bayou!" We are watching!
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