The Delta (1997)

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During a slow summer, a teenager avoids his girlfriend and comfortable suburban family life to cruise the Memphis streets, where he picks up a Vietnamese immigrant. With a vivid and granular evocation of its Southern locales, using nonprofessional actors and a laconic style, this is one of the finest American independent film debuts of the 1990s.

Cast

Shayne Gray
as Lincoln Bloom
Colonious Davis
as Ricky Little
Larry Reynolds
as Man in Park
Angelique Owens
as Donut Shop Clerk
Leigh Walden
as Cece Bloom
Gene Crain
as Sam Bloom
Charles Ingram
as Gary Bloom
Ron Gephart
as Ken Bloom
Kim Newman
as Denise Bloom
Polly Edelstein
as Debbie Bloom
Melissa A. Dunn
as Tina Clifton
Erin Grills
as Jacquie Clifton
Kate Davis
as Gloria Clifton
Mark Hyman
as Club Bouncer
Michael Pancho Locke
as Michael/Kid on Bike
Robert Hathaway
as 2nd Kid on Bike
Richard Daggett
as Pick-up Driver
Anthony Isbell
as Jerry--Man in Hotel
Patricia A. Gill
as Joe's Wife
Moses Peace
as Policeman
Moses J. Peace
as Policeman
Nhan Van Dang
as Minh's Roommate
Thi Ho Bay
as Roommate's Mother
Hoang N. Pham
as Minh's Friend
Pham Minh Hoang
as Minh's Friend
Mai Ballard
as Pool Hall Owner
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Critic Reviews for The Delta

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This intimate gay drama, about the complex relationship between a white adolescent and a Vietnamese immigrant, displays a fresh voice but suffers from structural flaws and ultra-modest production values.

Apr 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
Variety
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Against the tide of political correctness, The Delta was first to chart the unsafe streams of gay experience.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The film now seems more infuential and prescient than ever, a signature work that heralded a revived interest in 'Queer' cinema while pointing the way toward an ever more influential documentarian and micro-budgeted American independent film scene.

Nov 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although Sachs cannot sustain the cinematic promise of The Delta's early sequences, his moral seriousness and technical finesse merit attention.

Jan 12, 2007 | Full Review…

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