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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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.

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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)
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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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Ernest Thomas, who plays Kailuba, screen tested for the role of Kunta Kinte. See more »

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When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, we see her in close up. At the left edge of the screen we can see Kunta's mouth. We hear him speaking, but his mouth isn't moving. See more »

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Kunta Kinti: Chains ain't right for niggers, Fiddler!
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I understand it now that I'm older
5 September 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

In 1977 I was 10 years old, and all I remember is the majority of the city where I live was watching Roots each day for a week. I recently bought the video and watched it with my now 10 year old son, who is Black and I show him the importance of getting an education because our ancestors weren't allowed such luxuries. At his age everything is rosy just like it was when I was 10, but hopefully he can reflect back on this movie to motivate him in the future.

Great cast of characters-even though I didn't realize that O.J. Simpson was in it! John Amos was the best and the funniest especially when he kept losing his character's African accent and sounding more like "James" on Good Times! Overall the movie is very touching and will have you experiencing mixed emotions if you're of the Black race, and have compassion if you're of other races that haven't experienced such things. I highly recommend this film and a book called the Miseducation of the Negro as Black family heirlooms-or for anyone who wants to be enlightened concerning a portion of Black history.


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