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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 »

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... Mattie Williams
... Johnny Williams
... Dr. Dudley Stanton (as Lou Gossett)
... Jeff Williams
... Ann Vanderguild
... Big Moe Hayes
Ralph Wilcox ... Al
... Chips
... Skeeter
... Gail
Hilda Haynes ... Wilhelmina Geneva Brown
Ed Crick ... White Police Lieutenant
... 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.

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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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Never too young to understand
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

There are several things to understand about this movie. 1. The actors and actresses are African American and at the time of the movie were not necessarily appreciated for their outstanding talents that have been showcased in later years. 2. Comments that the "gang" members were hokey perhaps come from those who have never been residents in the Watts area of LA, the south side of Chicago or the east side of Detroit in the early 1970's. (3) I find that the use of the"n" word brings about discussion with today's students of communication and film who are products of the rap culture's influences. All in all the film's adaptation from the original play is a good one.


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