Down in the Delta
Down in the Delta (1998)

Poet Maya Angelou made her feature directorial debut with this African-American family drama, shown theatrically but originally produced for the Showtime cable network. Unemployed single mother Loretta (Alfre Woodward) lives with her… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Maya Angelou's stunning feature directorial debut.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Employs too many redundant, stagy flashbacks to tell the story of Loretta's ancestors.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

Angelou's pen remains mightier than her camerawork.

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Michael Dequina

Not particularly groundbreaking, and neither is its message, but it's all done with sensitivity and intelligence by Angelou.

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Greg Muskewitz

A powerful performance from Alfre Woodard captured by Angelou's quiet, poetic direction.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I was not thrilled about having to see it. But, sitting there in the dark, I became tremendously moved by the movie, and I have not forgotten its power.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Shows that every family has a potential for resiliency and growth, no matter what the problems.

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