Roots (1977)

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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

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Series cast summary:
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 Mathilda (5 episodes, 1977)
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 'Chicken' George Moore (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Kunta Kinte / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 'Toby' / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Kizzy Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Fiddler (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Ames (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
 Wrestler (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Capt. Thomas Davies (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Slater (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Dr. William Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Bell Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Mingo (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Stephen Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Sam Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Evan Brent (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Ol' George Johnson (3 episodes, 1977)
Hilly Hicks ...
 Lewis (3 episodes, 1977)
Lynne Moody ...
 Irene Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)
Lane Binkley ...
 Martha Johnson (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Virgil (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Missy Anne Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Young missy reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Kintango (2 episodes, 1977)
Thalmus Rasulala ...
 Omoro (2 episodes, 1977)
Hari Rhodes ...
 Brima Cesay (2 episodes, 1977)
William Watson ...
 Gardner (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John Reynolds (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Harlan (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Noah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)
Lillian Randolph ...
 Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
Davis Roberts ...
 Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Nyo Boto / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard McKenzie ...
 Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sheriff Biggs (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Jemmy Brent / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Binta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Aurelia (2 episodes, 1977)
Rebecca Bess ...
 Girl on Ship (2 episodes, 1977)
Henry Butts ...
 Sitafa (2 episodes, 1977)
Joe Dorsey ...
 Calvert (2 episodes, 1977)
Kermit Echols ...
 Vilars (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Slave Catcher (2 episodes, 1977)
Ronnie Leggett ...
 Kalila (2 episodes, 1977)
Rachel Longaker ...
 Caroline (2 episodes, 1977)
Ernest Thomas ...
 Kailuba (2 episodes, 1977)
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A saga of African-American life, based on Alex Haley's family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George, a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Originally broadcast on ABC as eight programs. Four 1-hour and four 2-hour episodes apiece, as follows: Episodes 1, 2, 6 and 8 were two hours apiece. Episodes 3, 4, 5 and 7 were one hour apiece. Presented on VHS, DVD, and re-broadcast as six two-hour episodes. See more »

Goofs

Much of the topography and flora throughout the series is simply wrong for the areas in which it was set. This is especially true for the Reynolds plantation, located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, which is shown to be mountainous with a lot of plants native to arid areas (e.g. Southern California). Spotsylvania is neither. See more »

Quotes

Evan Brent: And every step I take, every time my leg twinges on me I recollect who's responsible for all the pluses and minus that I got to live with now! Yeah, I recollect who done it to me... Niggers!
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a masterpiece
13 February 2002 | by (jax, fla) – See all my reviews

I just watched the ist two episodes on dvd. and I'm speechless. get this movie and bring friends. It brings so much to the table other than slavery. It spoke volumes to me. Levar Burton is a revelation and it surprises me that he isn't doing more movies. He reminded me of those silent film stars who show with their eyes.


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