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Writer (WGA):
Myron Goble (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1998 (USA) See more »
Sometimes, the last place you expected to be is the one place you've always belonged...
Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alfre Woodard ... Loretta Sinclair

Al Freeman Jr. ... Earl Sinclair

Mary Alice ... Rosa Lynn

Esther Rolle ... Annie

Loretta Devine ... Zenia

Mpho Koaho ... Thomas
Kulani Hassen ... Tracy

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Monica

Wesley Snipes ... Will Sinclair

Justin Lord ... Dr. Rainey

Richard Yearwood ... Marco
Sandra Caldwell ... Volunteer
Colleen Williams ... Tourist Woman
Richard Blackburn ... Tourist Man
Philip Akin ... Manager
Mary Fallick ... Drug Addict

Sandi Ross ... Pawnbroker
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Prim Woman (as Barbara Barnes Hopkins)
Marium Carvell ... Prim Sister
Quancetia Hamilton ... Gina

Kim Roberts ... Isabelle
DeFoy Glenn ... Reverend Floyd
Jeff Jones ... Man in Congregation

Michelyn Emelle ... Dozing Woman

Johnie Chase ... Grinning Man

Andrea Lewis ... Cassandra
Nigel Shawn Williams ... Carl
Bernard Browne ... Diner 1
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Diner 2

Eugene Clark ... Citizen 1 (as Eugene Clarke)
Chris Benson ... Citizen 2
Carol Anderson ... Jesse's Wife
Neville Edwards ... Slave Man
Yanna McIntosh ... Slave Woman
Troy Seivwright-Adams ... Collin Sinclair
Kevin Duhaney ... Justin Sinclair
Joel Gordon ... Jesse 1865 (age 17)
Phillip Jarrett ... Jesse 1890 (age 42) (as Phil Jarrett)
Clinton Green ... Soloist in Church

Directed by
Maya Angelou 
Writing credits
Myron Goble (written by)

Produced by
Reuben Cannon .... producer
Robert W. Christiansen .... producer (as Bob Christiansen)
Terri Farnsworth .... co-producer
Myron Goble .... co-producer
Victor McGauley .... producer
Rick Rosenberg .... producer
Wesley Snipes .... producer
Alfre Woodard .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
William Wages 
Film Editing by
Nancy Richardson 
Production Design by
Lindsey Hermer-Bell 
Art Direction by
Bob Sher  (as Robert Sher)
Set Decoration by
Megan Less 
Costume Design by
Maxyne Baker 
Makeup Department
Veronica Ciandre .... hair stylist
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist: Ms. Woodard
Lynda McCormack .... key makeup artist
Wynona Price .... makeup artist: Ms. Woodard
Production Management
Tim King .... post-production supervisor
Regina Robb .... production manager
Steve Wakefield .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Conrod Ciandre .... trainee assistant director
Rocco Gismondi .... second assistant director
Anthony Tedesco .... third assistant director
Michael Zenon .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dwight Doerksen .... construction coordinator
Ed Doerkson .... assistant head carpenter
Geoffrey Edge .... carpenter
Roger Gelfand .... head carpenter
Rob Hepburn .... set buyer
Mark Hunter .... assistant props master
Mauro Iacobelli .... key scenic painter
Jennifer Jacobsen .... property assistant
Andy Joyce .... set dresser
Anna Kiss .... third assistant art director
Sean Liebrecht .... scenic painter
Peter Miskimmin .... property master
Alan Moy .... carpenter
Michael Mullins .... lead dresser
Stephen Paisley .... head painter
David Rockburn .... set dresser (as David 'Rocky' Rockburn)
Sound Department
Troy Allen .... dialogue editor
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Dorian Cheah .... sound effects editor
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor (as Lou Creveling)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Louie Duran Jr. .... stereo sound consultant (as J. Louis Duran Jr.)
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... dialogue editor
Patrick Giraudi .... re-recording mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Thomas Hidderley .... production sound mixer
Thomas Hidderley .... sound mixer
Dean Hovey .... supervising sound editor
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Thomas Jones .... dialogue editor (as Tom Jones)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
David Marcus .... foley editor (as Dave Marcus)
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Yuri Reese .... dialogue editor
Fred Rivas .... stereo sound consultant
Moshe Saadron .... boom operator
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Tony Suraci .... foley editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Thomas Volckmann .... foley editor (as Tom Volckman)
Chris Bottomley .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim Good .... special effects coordinator
Wayne Downer .... stunt coordinator
Melanie Nicholls-King .... stunt double: Annie
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Alexander .... focus puller
Diana Alvarez .... second assistant camera
Thomas Care .... best boy
Mark Cowden .... best boy
Brad Crosbie .... camera trainee
William Engel .... grip
Dianne L. Haggarty .... grip (as Dianne Haggarty)
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer
Steve Lemberg .... dolly grip (as Stephen Lemberg)
David Pamplin .... key grip (as David 'Stretch' Pamplin)
Anthony Ramsey .... electrician
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Christopher Tammaro .... camera operator
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Scott Tremblay .... electrician
Casting Department
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Toronto
Eddie Dunlop .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Eleanor Lavender .... extras casting
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting assistant: Canada (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ruth E. Carter .... costume consultant (as Ruth Carter)
Koreann Ciandre .... wardrobe assistant
Gersha Phillips .... wardrobe supervisor
Steven Wright .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
David Bailey .... post-production coordinator
Stacey S. Clipp .... assistant editor (as Stacey Clipp)
Cynthia Nicolella .... post-production coordinator
Robert C. Rodriguez .... post-production assistant
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production coordinator
Roger La Prairie .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Richard Hughes .... location manager
John Mendes .... assistant location manager
Ian Smith .... location production assistant
Christopher Welch .... location scout
Music Department
Gay DiFusco .... music clearance
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
Larry Greene .... music consultant
Dean Richard Marino .... music editor
Beth Rosenblatt .... executive music producer (as Beth Amy Rosenblatt)
Randy Spendlove .... executive music producer
Brad Gilderman .... music mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Douglas Barkley .... driver
Dennis Bressan .... driver
Glen Creswell .... driver
Cheryl Darbey .... driver
Alex Laframboise .... driver
Jerome McCann .... transportation coordinator
Gerald Powlenzuk .... driver
Erwin Roithmeier .... picture vehicle coordinator
Steven Sacrob .... driver
Carl Severin .... driver
Evan Siegel .... driver
Mark Van Alstyne .... transportation supervisor
Steve Warren .... driver
Michael Wilkin .... driver
Grant Wilkins .... transportation captain
Other crew
Glennis Bastien .... assistant to producers
Gareth Bennett .... production assistant
Virginia Campbell .... in house coordinator
Catherine Currie .... controller
Karen de Montbrun .... production accountant
Andrea Franks .... assistant production coordinator
Sheena Graham .... production coordinator
Anthony F. Grani .... production assistant (as Anthony Grani)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Kimberly Killam .... assistant production accountant (as Kim Killam)
Chandra-Li Paul .... office assistant
Anna Rane .... script supervisor
Alison Sealy-Smith .... acting coach
B.E. Sharp .... post-production accountant
Sheelagh Stewart .... office coordinator
Michael Friedman .... production executive (uncredited)
Christina Meynell .... office assistant (uncredited)
Esther Rolle .... dedicatee
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Rated PG-13 for drug related material
112 min
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This was Esther Rolle's final performance, before she died.See more »
Continuity: Many people board the bus at the depot, but while traveling cross country the bus is clearly empty (apart from the driver).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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it, 26 September 1999
Author: debfj from US

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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