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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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Maya Angelou

Writer:

Myron Goble
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Loretta Sinclair
Al Freeman Jr. ... Earl Sinclair
Mary Alice ... Rosa Lynn
Esther Rolle ... Annie
Loretta Devine ... Zenia
Mpho Koaho ... Thomas
Kulani Hassen Kulani Hassen ... Tracy
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Monica
Wesley Snipes ... Will Sinclair
Justin Lord ... Dr. Rainey
Richard Yearwood ... Marco
Sandra Caldwell Sandra Caldwell ... Volunteer
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Tourist Woman
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Tourist Man
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Manager
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daroma La'Delta See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the Chicago scenes were filmed in Toronto, there's no information as to where the small-town country scenes were filmed. See more »

Goofs

Many people board the bus at the depot, but while traveling cross country the bus is clearly empty (apart from the driver). See more »

Quotes

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.
[chuckles]
Earl Sinclair: Your move!
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Soundtracks

Family
Original Music written by Stanley Clarke
Published by Miramax Film Music (BMI)
Stanley Clarke appears courtesy of Epic Records
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Loved it, Loved it, Loved it
26 September 1999 | by debfjSee 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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