Down In The Delta (1998)

MAYA ANGELOU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1998.  Amen Ra Films, Chris/Rose Productions, Showtime Networks.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

‘s rich performance makes this melodrama worth watching. She plays a drug addict from the big city who is sent by her concerned mother to live in the countryside with her relatives in order to learn a thing or two about responsibility. is wonderful as a nurse who befriends Woodard, and the results of the story are appropriately heartwarming and inspiring the way you expect anything by Maya Angelou to be.  While the great poet proves to be technically competent as a filmmaker, however, the film never rises above the status of a cheesy soaper with actors way better than it deserves.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

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