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Roots: :  -- A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendents' liberation.
Roots: :  -- A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendents' liberation.

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1
Release Date:
23 January 1977 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 35 nominations See more »
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(162 articles)
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Historically Inaccurate depiction of slavery See more (61 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 52 of 56)

Olivia Cole ... Mathilda (5 episodes, 1977)

Ben Vereen ... 'Chicken' George Moore (5 episodes, 1977)

LeVar Burton ... Kunta Kinte / ... (4 episodes, 1977)

John Amos ... 'Toby' / ... (4 episodes, 1977)

Leslie Uggams ... Kizzy Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)

Carolyn Jones ... Mrs. Moore (4 episodes, 1977)

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler (4 episodes, 1977)

Vic Morrow ... Ames (4 episodes, 1977)

Chuck Connors ... Tom Moore (4 episodes, 1977)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Wrestler (3 episodes, 1977)

Edward Asner ... Capt. Thomas Davies (3 episodes, 1977)

Ralph Waite ... Slater (3 episodes, 1977)

Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Scatman Crothers ... Mingo (3 episodes, 1977)

George Hamilton ... Stephen Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)

Richard Roundtree ... Sam Bennett (3 episodes, 1977)

Lloyd Bridges ... Evan Brent (3 episodes, 1977)

Georg Stanford Brown ... Tom Harvey (3 episodes, 1977)

Brad Davis ... 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)

Austin Stoker ... Virgil (3 episodes, 1977)

Sandy Duncan ... Missy Anne Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Tracey Gold ... Young Missy Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Moses Gunn ... Kintango (2 episodes, 1977)
Thalmus Rasulala ... Omoro (2 episodes, 1977)
Hari Rhodes ... Brima Cesay (2 episodes, 1977)
William Watson ... Gardner (2 episodes, 1977)

Renn Woods ... Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)

Lorne Greene ... John Reynolds (2 episodes, 1977)

Thayer David ... Harlan (2 episodes, 1977)

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Noah (2 episodes, 1977)

Roxie Roker ... Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)
Lillian Randolph ... Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
Davis Roberts ... Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)

Maya Angelou ... Nyo Boto / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard McKenzie ... Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)

John Quade ... Sheriff Biggs (2 episodes, 1977)

Doug McClure ... Jemmy Brent / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

Cicely Tyson ... Binta (2 episodes, 1977)

Tina Andrews ... 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)

Richard Farnsworth ... 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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Series Directed by
Marvin J. Chomsky (1 episode, 1977)
John Erman (1 episode, 1977)
David Greene (1 episode, 1977)
Gilbert Moses (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Alex Haley (12 episodes, 1977)
James Lee (7 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
Donald A. Ramsey .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Original Music by
Gerald Fried (1 episode, 1977)
Quincy Jones (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Cinematography by
Stevan Larner (1 episode, 1977)
Joseph M. Wilcots (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
James T. Heckert (1 episode, 1977)
Peter Kirby (1 episode, 1977)
Neil Travis (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Production Design by
Jan Scott (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Art Direction by
Joseph R. Jennings (1 episode, 1977)
Jan Scott (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles C. Bennett (1 episode, 1977)
Solomon Brewer (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jack Martell (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1977)

Gene Witham .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Conrad Holzgang .... executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1977)
George Taylor .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1977)
Phillips Wylly Sr. .... manager production operations (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mack Bing .... assistant director (1 episode, 1977)
Michael Kusley .... assistant director (1 episode, 1977)
Bill Lukather .... assistant director (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Sound Department
Arnold Braun .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Willie D. Burton .... sound recordist (1 episode, 1977)
Larry Carow .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
Gene Corso .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1977)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
Robert L. Harman .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Robert J. Litt .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Hoppy Mehterian .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Lorane Mitchell .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1977)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
Lawrence E. Neiman .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
Eddie Nelson .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Leonard Peterson .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
David Pettijohn .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
George Porter .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
Bill Varney .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1977)
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects supervisor (12 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (12 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (12 episodes, 1977)
Joseph W. Calloway .... key first assistant camera (10 episodes, 1977)
Lee Heckler .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fincher .... costumer: men (2 episodes, 1977)
Donna Roberts .... costumer: women (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Editorial Department
Fred Kaplan .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1977)
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (1 episode, 1977)
Darrell Upshaw .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Music Department
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (12 episodes, 1977)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (12 episodes, 1977)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (12 episodes, 1977)

Dan Wallin .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation co-captain (12 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
Calvin Spencer .... double: Lloyd Bridges (3 episodes, 1977)
Marie McKellar .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1977)
Jody Richardson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1977)
Ron Von Schimmelmann .... production administrator (2 episodes, 1977)
Wendy Winter .... assistant to the producer (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Thanks
Randy Miller .... special thanks (1 episode, 1977)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (10 episodes)
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Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: The ship "Lord Ligonier" is flying a White Ensign flag even though this is a merchant ship. The White Ensign is only flown by ships of the Royal Navy. Merchant ships fly the Red Ensign.See more »
Quotes:
Kunta Kinti:What Christmas, Fiddlah?
Fiddler:Christmas is when White folk give each other stuff don't neither of em need.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flawless (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
OluwaSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Historically Inaccurate depiction of slavery, 13 May 2014
Author: Casey Reeves from Chicago, Illinois

Let me start off by saying I don't hate this series. In fact, it is actually quite good. The problem is Roots has become somewhat of a black culture idealization of what slavery was like, and it is not even historically accurate.

In the 18th century, the West African slave trade was a seasoned machine, and other than the Portuguese, "white men" rarely set foot on the continent for more than a few weeks, as they lacked the immunities to fight off many of the diseases that were prevalent in the region. As such, the slave trade was really conducted at the auction block, after the slaves were captured. "White men" didn't often go and capture their slaves themselves, they bought them from tribesman and other more prominent African slave traders. The concept of owning slaves has existed well before the invention of the boat, so until the invention of the boat and then the pressures from the Catholic church and other churches to stop enslaving its own people, slavery was a way of life that rarely migrated beyond the immediate reaches of that particular countries borders.

It is only in recent centuries that slavery crossed oceans, a time when everybody was purchasing slaves. Half the population of Ireland was wiped out, lots of poor European countries were wiped out, the Philippines even up until the early 1900's, West Africa, East Africa, China, Russia, etc. There is obviously an agenda with Roots as the writer has personal feelings of animosity however I feel the historical inaccuracy for the beginning of this mini-series seriously hurts the amount of respect I can give to the show as a whole.

Like I said its good if you are looking at it as a fictional show and nothing more, but if you ever use Roots to combat someone who actually knows history, you will lose every time.

Roots trivializes the slave trade for the black community and creates a slanted view at the atrocities that existed far before a black man was ever enslaved.

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