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The River Niger (1976)

 -  Drama  -  14 April 1976 (USA)
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An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But ... See full summary »

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An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even tougher, and it takes every ounce of Johnny's love and courage for the couple to make it through their strife, finding redemption in the River Niger. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Some rivers can't be dammed...some people won't be broken.

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The Broadway production of "The River Niger" opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York on March 27, 1973 and ran for 162 performances. Joseph A. Walker wrote both the play and the screenplay for this filmed production. See more »

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Referenced in Call Me Angel, Sir (1976) See more »

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On the whole I'd rather swim in the Nile.
12 May 2002 | by (Orlando, Fl) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be black to fully appreciate this film but..... What am I saying, of course you do! This film may be based on an award winning off Broadway hit play, but that does not prevent it from being a dated piece of boring black angst. James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett & Cicely Tyson give very credible performances, but the actors playing the younger roles were so hokey, the overall film becomes unwatchable. The young actress made up to be the grandmother was particularly inept. As much as I admire James Earl Jones, I must admit that I could not sit through the whole thing, so I do not know how it ends.


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