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The River Niger (1976)





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River Niger is a Tony Award-winning play turned to a movie. It features James Earl Jones as a house-painter/poet who struggles to support his cancer-plagued wife (Cicely Tyson). This is a realistic portrayal of the difficulties encountered in the poverty-stricken ghetto.
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Cicely Tyson
as Mattie Williams
James Earl Jones
as Johnny Williams
Louis Gossett Jr
as Dr. Dudley Stanton
Glynn E. Turman
as Jeff Williams
Roger E. Mosley
as Big Moe Hayes
Jonelle Allen
as Ann Vanderguild
Hilda Haynes
as Wilhemina Geneva Brown
Ed Crick
as White Police Lieutenant
Tony Burton
as Black Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The River Niger

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A touching family drama, an exploration of black identity and a moving parable about love

Full Review… | January 18, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The River Niger


A house painter/poet hits hard times when his son returns home and his wife is diagnosed with cancer. Powerful message though-out drives the almost comic tone of this ultimately very serious drama. Not great, but certainly worth a look for some outstanding performances and social commentary.

Tim Henry
Tim Henry

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