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Overview

An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even tougher, and it takes every ounce of Johnny's love and courage for the couple to make it through their strife, finding redemption in the River Niger.

  1. Krishna Shah

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    Johnny Williams

  2. Cicely Tyson

    Cicely Tyson

    Mattie Williams

  3. Louis Gossett Jr.

    Louis Gossett Jr.

    Dr. Dudley Stanton

  4. Glynn Turman

    Glynn Turman

    Jeff Williams

  5. Jonelle Allen

    Jonelle Allen

    Ann Vanderguild

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The River Niger

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  • April 14, 1976
    R
    Theatrical

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    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 45m

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