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 (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)
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 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)
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 Lewis (3 episodes, 1977)
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 Irene Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Genelva (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Noah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Binta (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 author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley paid $650,000 in an out of court settlement. See more »

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The early part of episode 5 centers around the attempted slave revolt caused by Nat Turner. The episode takes place in 1841. Nat Turner's revolt occurred in 1831. 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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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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