- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 2008
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Vci Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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A poetry-spouting house painter, his cancer stricken wife and the family doctor deal with life in the inner city.
Description by VCI Home Enteraintment:
In this gripping intimate look at life in the ghetto, Johnny Williams (James Earl Jones) is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his very ill wife Mattie (Cicely Tyson). But times are tough and the poverty-stricken streets are even tougher. It takes every ounce of Johnny's love and courage for the couple to make it through their strife, finding redemption at The River Niger.
Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett, Roger E. Mosley and Glynn Turman star in this black family drama based on the Tony Award-winning play.
Johnny Williams, a house painter by day and poet by night, lives with his devoted wife Mattie. Their Air Force navigator son Jeff has just returned home after a successful tour of duty. But as it turns out, Jeff isn't a veteran at all. He was kicked out of officer's training school for refusing to be an "Uncle Tom." Now that Jeff's home, maybe Mattie will disclose her big secret: she's dying of cancer. To top off their family problems, Johnny's become an alcoholic. Will they find the courage to share their pain and help each other heal'