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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 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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 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)
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 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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The show was programmed by ABC to air on several consecutive nights in prime time. It was considered a revolutionary approach to programming a mini-series, since most minis were aired once or twice a week over several weeks' time. It was revealed years later that the reason the network did this was so that they get the show "out of the way" in a hurry because they felt, nobody would watch the story if it aired over a longer period of time. 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 »

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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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29 January 2005 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was born in 1980, and had heard of Roots from reading about LeVar Burton being the only real "name" to join Star Trek: The Next Generation. I came across the boxset at my local library and was able to find out what this "Roots" thing was all about. Having the series on DVD was definitely a boon as (despite being in NTSC) it has a crisp and clear appearance, usually stuff on TV from the 70's or 80's has a characteristic fuzziness.

Despite it's lowish budget, and age, Roots has a certain kinetic energy, it kept me interested from the start. Being able to see a young LeVar Burton was great, and without any visors or contact lenses. The casting was excellent all around and the actors put in 100% effort. My only bone to pick was using two different actors for Kunta Kinte. They were physically very different, John Amos doesn't look, act or sound like LeVar Burton, which disrupts the sense of continuity the rest of the multi-episode characters had.

By the end I found I had become quite involved with the series and enjoyed seeing it unfold, I liked it so much I viewed the whole nine hours again with commentary (well, I had time to kill). It is interesting that Roots carries a sense of history (as in the late 70's) and culture with it, it's not just a TV show, there's a whole air surrounding it. I'm glad I got the opportunity to see it, I gained a clearer understanding of where African-Americans as a people are coming from, and I hope everyone who hasn't seen it yet gets the opportunity to do so.


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