The romance between two African Americans who come from a different class background.


Horace Jenkins


Horace Jenkins





Complete credited cast:
Richard Romain Richard Romain ... Peter Metoyer
Tommye Myrick Tommye Myrick ... Maria Mathis
Ilunga Adell Ilunga Adell ... Brother
Lloyd La Cour Lloyd La Cour ... Mr. Metoyer
Barbara Tasker Barbara Tasker ... Dominique
Carol Sutton ... Ms. Mathis
Stephen Severin Stephen Severin ... Beau
Noray Francis Noray Francis ... Blue
Lolis Edward Elie Lolis Edward Elie ... Lawyer (as Lolis Elie)
Kelli Rene Carpenter Kelli Rene Carpenter ... Tour Guide
Marie Dupre Marie Dupre ... Granny
Maurice Harrell Maurice Harrell ... Ticketter
Thomas P. Brady Thomas P. Brady ... Priest (as Fr. Thomas P. Brady)
Interdenominational Choir of Natchitoches Interdenominational Choir of Natchitoches ... Interdenominational Choir of Natchitoches


Written, produced, and directed by the late Emmy Award-winning Horace B. Jenkins, financed by New Orleans' Rhodes family, and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew - CANE RIVER is a historically informed love story set in Louisiana's Natchitoches Parish, a "free community of color." Aspiring writer and hopeless romantic Peter - former athlete and scion of an elite Creole family - returns to his hometown and immediately falls for a breathtaking historical tour guide, Maria. Maria's disenfranchised, darker-skinned family disapprove of Peter's family and condemn their burgeoning romance while highlighting the painful legacy of colorism in their tightly-knit community. The lovers must work through Peter's contentious family legacy as privileged, former slave-owning, light-skinned Creoles if they want their romance to survive. Written by Mae Moreno

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Drama | Romance


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The director Horace Jenkins was an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, and "Cane River" was his first feature-length narrative film. But just months after the film premiered in New Orleans, the forty-two-year-old director died of a heart attack and "Cane River" never received a distribution. See more »

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expected the music to be creole not lounge
20 October 2020 | by sgriffith-172-707618See all my reviews

Tuned in for scenery and music-but in spite of not hearing creole musics and tunes, thoroughly enjoyed the movie. btw, I think it's pronounced "Nack a tecsh"..might be natch a dough chess in Texas, but not in Louisiane. good job.

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7 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


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