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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

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

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Features The Bullwinkle Show (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Fulani Chant
Composed and arranged by Aisha Kahill
Performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Published by Thunderhead Music
Courtesy of EarthBeast Records
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Uplifting in the Delta
2 January 1999 | by jawz43See all my reviews

Al Freeman Jr. is one of the greatest actors of our time. This movie proved it.In fact everyone from this fine gentleman and little Kulani were all in fine form. I also enjoyed the fact that the young man in the story came from the inner city and his grandmother helped raise him so he was polite and caring. The role of Alfre found herself because of the love of her family not a man. The only problem with the movie was the presence of Nathan (sloppy symbolism) and the heavy-handed ending. And why was Anne-Marie Johnson so angry (very contrived). Maya needed some help in the editing room too! (Fades and black-outs were too long.) The movie had many messages about family that were dear to my heart.


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