Down in the Delta (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 December 1998 (USA)
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Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Sinclair
Rosa Lynn
Kulani Hassen ...
Dr. Rainey
Colleen Williams ...
Tourist Woman
Richard Blackburn ...
Tourist Man
Philip Akin ...


Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also telling them about the generations of their family, the Sinclairs, dating back to their time in slavery before the the Civil War. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Sometimes, the last place you expected to be is the one place you've always belonged...



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug related material | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daroma La'Delta  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,636,678 (USA) (25 December 1998)


$5,662,985 (USA) (19 February 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Will Sinclair: I don't know how she's going to recognize me. She thinks somebody else is her own dead mother.
Earl Sinclair: Oh, yeah? Maybe somethin' come back if she more of ya.
Will Sinclair: Dad, how many times we got to talk about this? I'm not moving back to Mississippi.
Earl Sinclair: But your roots are here.
Will Sinclair: You taught me that my roots are here.
Will Sinclair: [pause, looks at the checkerboard] Whose move is it? You always do this. Why do you always start talking and then you...
Earl Sinclair: Your move.
Earl Sinclair: Your move!
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Written by Eric McAlister and Chase Clark
Performed by The One & Only
Published by Irving Music Inc./Stunk Funk Music (BMI)/Almo Music Corp. and Chase My Music (ASCAP)
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Loved it, Loved it, Loved it
26 September 1999 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Maya Angelou is BRILLIANT!! This was an excellent family movie. The story was interesting. And, told in what I consider to be a typical Maya Angelou fashion -- extremely interesting and poetic -- with many underlying messages.

I love how the story led up to Nathan. How the symbolism of the candelabra strengthened the family. This showed how Nathan -- the candelabrum -- indirectly and unsuspectingly filled the role that Nathan -- the man -- was not allowed to do. It was almost as though Jesse -- Nathan's son -- knew instinctively that this candelabrum would play an important role in his family for generations to come.

The actors did an excellent job -- particularly Alfre Woodard and Al Freeman, Jr. I love that everyone was a star -- yet no one was a star!

I highly resented that you couldn't find Down in the Delta in the movies anywhere. When it comes to black films, it seems the film industry would rather show negative black images and nonsensical movies for black audiences. I was very disappointed at the lack of availability of this very positive movie. I've only been to one movie since; and have no immediate desire to attend any others. Although I have 2 free passes in my mirror -- sent to me by one of the major theatres to pacify me when I complained about the lack of availability of this movie -- I don't want free tickets (that's why they're still in my mirror). I want freedom of choice -- of being able to see positive images of black people. Chances are you couldn't find "Down in the Delta" in the movies. I've purchased the DVD. I intend to purchase several more -- as well as the VHS -- to give to family members as gifts. I highly recommend this film!!

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