The River Niger

The River Niger

Militants hide with family (James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Glynn Turman) in ghetto.

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The River Niger


Drama105 Mins1976R

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.


  • Disheartening
  • Moving
  • Powerful
  • Emotional