A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
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Top Rated TV #176 | 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)
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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)
Hilly Hicks ...
 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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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

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 »

Goofs

Right after Kunta Kente is bought by Mr.Reynolds in Episode 2 and Fiddler is about to take Kunta, before the next scene is cutaway, there is a white vehicle passing in front of the gray building in the background, in the back left corner. Automobiles weren't in existence back in the 1700. See more »

Quotes

Kunta Kinti: I'm a Mandinka warrior!
Fiddler: [turns to stable horse] Horse! I hear tell that you ain't a horse at all. I hear tell that you think you a mighty crow! I hear tell that you fly from here 'bouts all the way to Annapolis and back again. Now horse... you look mighty like a horse to me. And you sure SMELLS mighty like a horse. So I'm saying to you, that you... is... a horse! What you think you is don't matter a damn bit.
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Completing the picture
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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