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The River Niger (1976)

R | | Drama | 14 April 1976 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Krishna Shah

Writers:

Joseph A. Walker (play), Joseph A. Walker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cicely Tyson ... Mattie Williams
James Earl Jones ... Johnny Williams
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Dr. Dudley Stanton (as Lou Gossett)
Glynn Turman ... Jeff Williams
Jonelle Allen ... Ann Vanderguild
Roger E. Mosley ... Big Moe Hayes
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Al
Teddy Wilson ... Chips
Charles Weldon ... Skeeter
Shirley Jo Finney ... Gail
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Wilhelmina Geneva Brown
Zakes Mokae
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... White Police Lieutenant
Tony Burton ... Black Policeman
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Broadway production of "The River Niger" opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City on March 27, 1973, and ran for one hundred sixty-two performances. Joseph A. Walker wrote 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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Outstanding Film & Actors
11 July 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Over the years I missed viewing this film and was extremely surprised at the great acting by the entire cast. I remembered that this film was created from a Tony Award winning off Broadway hit play and its deep look into the African American community in the 1970's. James Earl Jones,(Johnny Williams) is a house painter and has an extra hobby writing poetry. Cicely Tyson,(Mattie Williams) plays the wife of Johnny and tries to do her very best to work and keep the family from going down under during rough times and poverty all around them. Louis Gossett,Jr., (Dr. Dudley Stanton), is a very good friend to Johnny and helps him out financially when he spends all his income on booze and can't make the house payments. Super stars, Lou Gossett and Earl Jones make this a classic film and worth every minute of your time to view this film.


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