The River Niger Poster

Release Date: 1976

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

R|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
In a poor African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, once-aspiring poet Johnny Williams (James Earl Jones) takes a low-paying job as a house painter in order to support his family. Already struggling to make ends meet, Williams -- who rests his hopes on his son Jeff (Glynn Turman), an Air Force lieutenant -- grows more despondent when he learns his wife, Mattie (Cicely Tyson), has terminal cancer. Now, Williams must summon the depths of his spirit to overcome his family's plight.

Cast: James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Glynn Turman

Director: Krishna Shah

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Moving, Son, Sacrifice, Los Angeles, Love, 1970s, Fall, Family, Emotional, Wife

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