The River Niger (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

The River Niger (1976)





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River Niger is a Tony Award-winning play turned to a movie. It features James Earl Jones as a house-painter/poet who struggles to support his cancer-plagued wife (Cicely Tyson). This is a realistic portrayal of the difficulties encountered in the poverty-stricken ghetto.


Cicely Tyson
as Mattie Williams
James Earl Jones
as Johnny Williams
Louis Gossett Jr.
as Dr. Dudley Stanton
Glynn Turman
as Jeff Williams
Roger E. Mosley
as Big Moe Hayes
Jonelle Allen
as Ann Vanderguild
Hilda Haynes
as Wilhemina Geneva Brown
Ed Crick
as White Police Lieutenant
Tony Burton
as Black Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The River Niger

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The River Niger, a film about a series of crises in an American black family, has good intentions and several very well-acted scenes. But its direction is a mess.

July 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The play was award-winning, but as a film, The River Niger is a washout.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

A touching family drama, an exploration of black identity and a moving parable about love

January 18, 2004 | Full Review…

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