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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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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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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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 USA:

$1,636,678, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,662,985, 21 February 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Esther Rolle's final performance, before she died. See more »


The bus runs, in two scenes, on narrow gravel roads. No scheduled bus line anywhere between Chicago and Mississippi would have run on a gravel road since, maybe, the 1930s. See more »


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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Don't Let Nothin' Keep You Down
Written by Gary D. Hines
Performed by Sounds of Blackness
Published by G. Dennis Productions, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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a touching poignant movie
19 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Although ignored at the box-office, this movie was beautiful. A must see by all black women. It was a movie that chronicled a woman's life that is similar to so many today. It shows how family is the foundation of happy lives. This movie was very moving for me. Not to mention the wonderful absence of profanity, sex and violence.

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