The River Niger (1976)
Set in the inner city, this powerful urban drama focuses on Johnny, a house painter who dreams of becoming a professional poet. While trying to support his cancer-stricken wife both emotionally and financially, he begins to feel overwhelmed by his troubles. With the aid of his spouse, Johnny finds redemption in unexpected ways. James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett, Jr. star; based on the play by Joseph A. Walker. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.