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Poet Maya Angelou made her feature directorial debut with this African-American family drama, shown theatrically but originally produced for the Showtime cable network. Unemployed single mother Loretta ([[Performer~P126233~Alfre Woodward~martawoodward]]) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn ([[Performer~P923~Mary Alice~maryalice]]), in a Chicago apartment. Drugs and alcohol lead Loretta to neglect her autistic daughter, Tracy ([[Performer~P263360~Kulani Hassen~kulanihassen]]). Her teen son Thomas ([[Performer~P263379~Mpho Koaho~mphokoaho]]) brings in money by photographing tourists. Rosa Lynn pawns a family heirloom in order to send Loretta and the kids off to their Mississippi Delta hometown where Loretta's Uncle Earl (Al Freeman Jr.) runs his diner. Earl lives in a dry county, so Loretta is reluctant. However, she has no choice after Rosa Lynn threatens to contact child-welfare authorities if she doesn't go. Earl takes in the trio even though he already has enough problems with Annie ([[Performer~P61226~Esther Rolle~estherrolle]]), an Alzheimer's victim under the supervision of caregiver Zenia ([[Performer~P18847~Loretta Devine~lorettadevine]]). Toronto locations substitute for Mississippi. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:August 5, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Alfre Woodard Best Actress 1998 Nominee

Cast

Alfre Woodard
as Loretta
Al Freeman, Jr.
as Earl
Mary Alice
as Rosa Lynn
Esther Rolle
as Annie
Loretta Devine
as Zenia
Wesley Snipes
as Will
Mpho Koaho
as Thomas
Kulani Hassen
as Tracy
Anne-Marie Johnson
as Monica
Justin Lord
as Dr. Rainey

Crew

Maya Angelou
Director
Victor McGauley
Producer
Wesley Snipes
Producer
Reuben Cannon
Producer
Bob Christiansen
Producer
Rick Rosenberg
Producer
Myron Goble
Screenwriter
William Wages
Cinematographer
Stanley Clarke
Composer (Music Score)
Nancy Richardson
Editor
Lindsey Hermer-Bell
Production Designer
Alfre Woodard
Co-producer
Myron Goble
Co-producer
Terri Farnsworth
Co-producer
Maxyne Baker
Costume Designer
Tom Hidderley
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Zenon
First Assistant Director
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