The River Niger is a 1976 film adaptation of the 1972 Joseph A. Walker of the same name. The film was directed by Krisha Shah, and starred James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Gossett Jr.
An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is 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 in the River Niger.
The River Niger (1976) Starring Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones And Lou Gossett