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Story

This family drama begins in a gritty Chicago neighborhood with a jobless, hopeless mother (Alfre Woodard) pouring her efforts into the bottle and various drugs rather than her troubled daughter and wise-beyond-his-years son. But the movie soon heads south, as the title suggests, when Mom and kids are sent to live with an uncle for the summer. Their lives change, of course, but that's the only predictable aspect of this 107-minute film. First-time director Maya Angelou brings her poetic sense to Myron Goble's elegant script, and the performances are uniformly excellent, most notably the always superb Woodard, Al Freeman Jr. as her uncle, and Mary Alice as her mother. Wesley Snipes takes a break from his action career to do some acting as Freeman's son, and the late Esther Rolle is haunting in the last portrayal of her career. The film's touch of mystery is provided by one of its most devastating characters, a candelabra called Nathan. Rated PG-13, but suitable for ages 8 and older. --Kimberly Heinrichs

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Alfre WoodardLoretta Sinclair
Al Freeman Jr.Earl Sinclair
Esther RolleAnnie Sinclair
Mary AliceRosa Lynn Sinclair
Loretta DevineZenia
Anne-Marie JohnsonMonica Sinclair
Mpho KoahoThomas Sinclair
Wesley SnipesWill Sinclair

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Maya Angelou
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 25, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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