The River Niger | Full Inspiring Drama Movie | Cicely Tyson | James Earl Jones | Louis Gossett Jr.

Starring 3 Academy Award Winners! This rarely seen gem is the story of Johnny Williams 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 on the River Niger.
Starring 3 Oscar Winners, James Earl Jones, and Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr.
1976 Drama

A film adaptation of the 1972 Joseph A. Walker play of the same title. The film had a limited commercial release in 1976 and has rarely been seen in later years. The soundtrack is by War, including the theme song "River Niger".

An American Treasure! James Earl Jones has starred in numerous films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. For many movie fans, he is best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (due to his contribution as the voice of Darth Vader. Among the most memorable performances in his brilliant career, he has appeared on the animated series The Simpsons three times and played Mufasa both in The Lion King and The Lion King 2, he returned as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Other box office giant hits include; The Hunt For Red October, Coming To America, Clear and Present Danger, Field of Dreams, Soul Man, The Three Fugitives, and Conan The Barbarian.

Cicely Tyson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the critically acclaimed film Sounder. In 1974, she went on to portray a 110-year-old former slave in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which earned her two Emmy Awards. She also appeared in the television miniseries Roots, King and A Woman Called Moses. Cicely has a loyalty to only portray strong, positive images of Black women. Other roles include Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), A Lesson Before Dying (1999), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Help (2011), The Trip to Bountiful (2014), How to Get Away with Murder (2015-2020), House of Cards (2016), Last Flag Flying (2017), A Fall From Grace (2020). Over the course of her career, Tyson received three Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Tony Award, an Honorary Academy Award, and a Peabody Award.

Louis Gossett Jr. was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his unforgettable performance as drill Sergeant Emil Foley in "An Officer and a Gentleman." He won an Emmy for his performance in the groundbreaking ABC series "Roots," a Golden Globe for The Josephine Baker Story, and a Golden Globe for An Officer and a Gentleman. His film debut was in the 1961 classic movie, A Raisin in the Sun with Sidney Poitier. Other film credits include The Deep, Blue Chips, Daddy's Little Girls, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?, Firewalker, Jaws-3D, Enemy Mine, and Iron Eagle 1-4, among many others. Television credits include "Extant," "Madam Secretary," "Boardwalk Empire," "Family Guy" and "ER," among dozens of others.

The Broadway production of "The River Niger" opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City on March 27, 1973, and ran for one hundred sixty-two performances. Joseph A. Walker wrote the play and the screenplay for this filmed production.
Niger is the principal river of Sub-Saharan Western Africa as well as one of the biggest countries in the western part of Saharan Africa that got its name after the river. It's also the title of the main character Johnny Williams' symbolic poem about the river.
James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson worked together again on Broadway in The Gin Game from 2015 to 2016.
The film stars two Academy Award Winners. James Earl Jones was nominated as Best Actor for The Great White Hope, Cicely Tyson was nominated as Best Actress for Sounder, and Louis Gossett Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for An Officer and a Gentleman.
Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr. both appeared in Roots a year later, though they didn't share any scenes. James Earl Jones would go on to appear as Roots author Alex Haley in Roots: The Next Generations.

Director: Krishna Shah
Stars: Oscar Nominee Cicely Tyson, Oscar Winner James Earl Jones, Oscar Nominee Louis Gossett Jr.

Cicely Tyson as Mattie Williams
James Earl Jones as Johnny Williams
Louis Gossett Jr. as Dr. Dudley Stanton
Glynn Turman as Jeff Williams
Jonelle Allen as Ann Vanderguild
Roger E. Mosley as Moe "Big Moe" Hayes
Ralph Wilcox as Al
Teddy Wilson as "Chips"
Charles Weldon as "Skeeter"
Zakes Mokae as "Dutch"
Tony Burton as Policeman

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