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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Loretta Sinclair
... Earl Sinclair
... Rosa Lynn
... Annie
... Zenia
... Thomas
Kulani Hassen ... Tracy
... Monica
... Will Sinclair
... Dr. Rainey
... Marco
Sandra Caldwell ... Volunteer
Colleen Williams ... Tourist Woman
Richard Blackburn ... Tourist Man
Philip Akin ... Manager
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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 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>

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

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Rated PG-13 for drug related material | See all certifications »
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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Daroma La'Delta  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,636,678, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,662,985, 21 February 1999
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This was Esther Rolle's final performance, before she died. See more »

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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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Featured in Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016) See more »

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Picnic
Written by Michael Gibbs
Performed by The Nonce
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs (BMI) on behalf of Mute Song Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment
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Much less than it should have been.
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is a pallid mediocrity which wastes the enormous talents involved in it, including the magnificent Ms. Angelou. (One wonders, though, how being a great poet and prose writer qualifies her to direct a major feature). The true crime in this film is the dreadful script which gives the characters no development beyond shallow cliche (Drug-Addicted Urban Mom, Gentle Older Rural Man). The most annoying cliche of all is the old myth that the city kills and the country heals. What a crock. Our struggles are in our souls, not our locations, and moving back home to the country won't solve anything if you are not in a position to do the hard work to heal yourself. What a waste this movie was, considering what it could have been. If anyone wishes to see what such a movie can be if done right, also with Alfre Woodard in a starring role, give "Passion Fish" a try. It is much more truthful and far better done.


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