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In this dreamy, gay-themed indie, the debut from writer/director Ira Sachs, two young Southerners from very different backgrounds come together, move apart and continue on their separate paths -- with surprising results. Inarticulate, handsome Lincoln Bloom (Shayne Gray), son of an affluent Jewish family in Memphis, TN, cruises the gut looking for gay sex but also leads a second existence hanging out with his rowdy high-school friends, including Monica (Rachel Zan Huss), his dainty blond girlfriend. One night, Lincoln enjoys wordless sex with Ming Nguyen (Thang Chan), aka John, the immigrant son of an American G.I. and a Vietnamese woman. Another night, after an encounter with a businessman whose unusual predilections bewilder him, Lincoln meets John a second time in an adult bookstore. The slightly older man matter-of-factly convinces Lincoln to hang out with him; the two grab some beers and set out on the Mississippi in Lincoln's dad's boat. Along the way, John shares his life story and sense of frustration at not belonging in either his homeland or America; Lincoln isn't quite sure how to respond. After an entire day of hanging out together at various port towns along the river, the pair get in trouble with the police, resulting in a violent falling out. Lincoln returns to Memphis in his boat, looks up Monica, and faces his father's wrath. Meanwhile, John makes his way home as best he can, settles back into his routine as a disgruntled, sometimes ostracized layabout, and finally seeks out another sexual encounter -- one with a decidedly unexpected conclusion. Memphis native Sachs cast the semi-autobiographical The Delta with non-actors after trawling the pool halls and watering holes of his hometown for several months. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:August 15, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Margot Bridger Producers Award 1997 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Margot Bridger Producers Award 1998 Nominee

Cast

Shayne Gray
as Lincoln Bloom
Rachel Zan Huss
as Monica
Colonious Davis
as Ricky Little
Larry Reynolds
as Man in Park
Angelique Owens
as Donut Shop Clerk
Leigh Walden
as Cece Bloom
Gene Crain
as Sam Bloom
Charles Ingram
as Gary Bloom
Ron Gephart
as Ken Bloom
Polly Edelstein
as Debbie Bloom
Randall Reinke
as Danny
Erin Grills
as Jacquie Clifton
Mark Hyman
as Club Bouncer
Lamar Sorrento
as Ted
Richard Daggett
as Pick-up Driver
Anthony Isbell
as Jerry (Man in Hotel)
Mai Ballard
as Pool Hall Owner
Larry Reynolds
as Man in Park
Colonious Davis
as Ricky Little
Anthony Isbell
as Jerry (Man in Hotel)
Leigh Walden
as Cece Bloom
Mark Hyman
as Club Bouncer
Ron Gephart
as Ken Bloom
Richard Daggett
as Pick-up Driver
Randall Reinke
as Danny
Lamar Sorrento
as Ted
Erin Grills
as Jacquie Clifton
Polly Edelstein
as Debbie Bloom
Gene Crain
as Sam Bloom
Charles Ingram
as Gary Bloom
Angelique Owens
as Donut Shop Clerk
Rachel Zan Huss
as Monica

Crew

Ira Sachs
Director
Margot Bridger
Producer
Ira Sachs
Screenwriter
Michael Rohatyn
Songwriter
Adam Feibelman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Affonso Goncalves
Editor
Bernhard Blythe
Production Designer
Loring McAlpin
Associate Producer
Iddo Patt
Sound/Sound Designer
Laura Yamashita
Production Manager
Linda Wood
Makeup
Linda Wood
Hair Styles
Stevan Lazich
Costume/Wardrobe
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