Niger : The River Niger


Feb 28, 2009
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?



Lyon King Admin.
Mar 21, 2001
I got this movie on DVD and never watched it yet , guess i better check it out
I like everything James Earl Jones play in .......


Feb 28, 2009
The River Niger is a play by American playwright, Joseph A. Walker, first performed by New York City's Negro Ensemble Company off-Broadway in 1972. The production made its Broadway debut with a transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 27 March 1973 for a run of 162 performances.....

The play was adapted by Walker for film in 1976, directed by Krishna Shah starring Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones.

Awards and nominations
1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright - Joseph A. Walker
1973 Obie Award for Best American Play
1974 Tony Award for Best Play
1974 Tony Award for Actor - Douglas Turner Ward
1974 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress - Roxie Roker

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