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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Top 250 TV #166 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 Mathilda (6 episodes, 1977)
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 Dr. William Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Bell Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)
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 'Chicken' George Moore (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Fiddler (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Ames (5 episodes, 1977)
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 Kunta Kinte / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Mrs. Reynolds (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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 Missy Anne Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Tom Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Capt. Thomas Davies (3 episodes, 1977)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
 Wrestler (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Slater (3 episodes, 1977)
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 John Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Harlan (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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 Nyo Boto / ... (2 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 Carrington (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Grill (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Trumbull (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
Tanya Boyd ...
 Genelva (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Noah (2 episodes, 1977)
Raymond St. Jacques ...
 The Drummer (2 episodes, 1977)
Stan Haze ...
 Field Singer / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Ordell (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)
Elma V. Jackson ...
 Mama Ada (2 episodes, 1977)
Lillian Randolph ...
 Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
Davis Roberts ...
 Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard McKenzie ...
 Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Binta (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Aurelia (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Sheriff Biggs (2 episodes, 1977)
Ernest Thomas ...
 Kailuba (2 episodes, 1977)
Ann Weldon ...
 Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
Rebecca Bess ...
 Girl on Ship (2 episodes, 1977)
Fred Covington ...
 Auctioneer (2 episodes, 1977)
Hank Rolike ...
 John (2 episodes, 1977)
Pat Corley ...
 Referee (2 episodes, 1977)
Joe Dorsey ...
 Calvert (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Man at Cockfight / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Slaver (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Caroline (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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Trivia

LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte) and Louis Gossett Jr. (Fiddler) would later reprise their roles in Roots: The Gift (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Toby escapes from Mr. Reynolds and wakes to snow, the "snow" looks to be foam, of some sort and drips off onto the blanket. It also sticks to his hands without melting. 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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Among the Finest Mini-series
13 April 2013 | by (Charlotte NC) – See all my reviews

One of the best mini-series to grace the small screen. Told through span of several generations of writer Authur Haley's ancestors. The depiction of the slave era is at times hard to watch but should be seen by all. The stellar cast brings both young (at that time) talent and many veteran stars of both the big and small screen. Both Levar Burton, and John Amos bring to life the story of Mandinka tribesman Kunta Kinte who is taken into chains from his African homeland to Colonial America and sold into slavery.

This series does not hold back either the depiction of native African life nor the language and violence of slave life in America. If you have a younger audience you might want to talk some about the content but nothing is presented in the series that is not done to the highest standard and quality.


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