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)
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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 »

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In Episode 1, a crewman on the ship transporting Kunta Kinte to America in 1767 plays a concertina. The instrument was invented in 1829, and was first marketed with the familiar hexagonal body in 1843. See more »

Quotes

Tom Harvey: Listen to me, Jimmy Brent! Listen to me! And take this message with you to Hell! The last hands to touch you in this Earth... was my BLACK hands!
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Referenced in Twins (1988) See more »

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Thoughts on ROOTS, 35 years later
22 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw ROOTS when it was first broadcast in 1977 and found it interesting but simplistic - noble blacks, evil whites. Given that my family was avoiding pogroms in Eastern Europe during the 100 years covered by this story, I did not come away with the intended guilt trip.

I saw it again this weekend on BET and had a different view of it behind older eyes. First, I want to know why BET advertises chocolate cereal to a largely black viewership? Black children eat badly enough without chocolate in the morning. I now know that this story was not real but rather plagiarized from a fictional book. It is one of many accounts of black history published or broadcast over the past 35 years that are exaggerations or out and out lies aimed at making blacks feel good about themselves, and I wonder why the mostly white writers of these fictions have the need to distort history for this one people.

But the story is interesting if the now usual good blacks/bad whites scenarios. Actually, there were probably more good slave owners than slaves. Indeed, like most of us, white slave owners back then had families and businesses to worry about and little time and inclination to beat slaves. And the slaves were good, bad and everything in between, not the saints that ROOTS portrayed.

White guilt is now long over, so one can watch ROOTS as one would CSI or any other fictional TV show.


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