Down in the Delta (1998)

DOWN IN THE DELTA is worth a watch, if you can find it, despite the 
painfully uneven acting, the over-length, and an utterly confusing 
coda.  So exactly who handed down the candelabra to whom?  And in 
what order??  A sensational Alfre Woodard stars as the unemployed, 
unmarried, inner-city mother of two, whose life expectedly changes 
during a summer visit down south.  (She takes the kids to stay with 
her grandparents, one of whom has Alzheimer's and requires full-
time care.)  The excellent (if inadequately handled) ensemble cast 
includes Mary Alice, Loretta Davis, Al Freeman Jr., Wesley Snipes 
for a few scenes, and the late Esther Rolle.  Poet Maya Angelou 
makes her directing debut, from a script by Myron Goble.  (Rated 
"PG-13"/111 min.)

Grade: C+
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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: January 3, 1999

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