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"Roots" (1977) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1977-

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Roots: Season 1: Episode 1 -- In Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. Chained with other captives, Kunta begins an agonized odyssey to the New World.
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 »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Remember this is a work of fiction See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)

John Amos ... 'Toby' / ... (5 episodes, 1977)

Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds (5 episodes, 1977)

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler (5 episodes, 1977)

Vic Morrow ... Ames (5 episodes, 1977)

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

Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)

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

Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Wrestler (3 episodes, 1977)

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

Lorne Greene ... John Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Thayer David ... Harlan (3 episodes, 1977)

Leslie Uggams ... Kizzy Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)

Carolyn Jones ... Mrs. Moore (3 episodes, 1977)

Chuck Connors ... Tom Moore (3 episodes, 1977)

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

Maya Angelou ... Nyo Boto / ... (2 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)

Paul Shenar ... John Carrington (2 episodes, 1977)

Gary Collins ... Grill (2 episodes, 1977)

Lee de Broux ... Trumbull (2 episodes, 1977)

Beverly Todd ... Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
Tanya Boyd ... Genelva (2 episodes, 1977)

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

Raymond St. Jacques ... The Drummer (2 episodes, 1977)

Scatman Crothers ... Mingo (2 episodes, 1977)
Stan Haze ... Field Singer / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

John Schuck ... Ordell (2 episodes, 1977)

George Hamilton ... Stephen Bennett (2 episodes, 1977)

Roxie Roker ... Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)

Richard Roundtree ... Sam Bennett (2 episodes, 1977)

Olivia Cole ... Mathilda (2 episodes, 1977)
Elma V. Jackson ... Mama Ada (2 episodes, 1977)

Ben Vereen ... 'Chicken' George Moore (2 episodes, 1977)
Lillian Randolph ... Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
Davis Roberts ... Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)

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

Tina Andrews ... Aurelia (2 episodes, 1977)

Ernest Thomas ... Kailuba (2 episodes, 1977)
Ann Weldon ... Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
Rebecca Bess ... Girl on Ship (2 episodes, 1977)
Fred Covington ... Auctioneer (2 episodes, 1977)
Joe Dorsey ... Calvert (2 episodes, 1977)

Brion James ... Slaver (2 episodes, 1977)
Rachel Longaker ... Caroline (2 episodes, 1977)

Tracey Gold ... Young Missy Reynolds (2 episodes, 1977)
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Series Directed by
Marvin J. Chomsky (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Alex Haley (8 episodes, 1977)
James Lee (5 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 (8 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (8 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (8 episodes, 1977)
Joseph W. Calloway .... key first assistant camera (6 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 (8 episodes, 1977)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (8 episodes, 1977)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (8 episodes, 1977)

Dan Wallin .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation co-captain (8 episodes, 1977)
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (8 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
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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Trivia:
In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Big Bang Theory: The Tenure Turbulence (#6.20)" (2013), the socially inept main character, Sheldon Cooper, gives Mrs. Janine Davis, an African-American woman working as the Human Resources Administration (HRA) at Caltech, a copy of "Roots" as way of an apology the bad first impression he made on her.See more »
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Anachronisms: 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:
Kunta Kinti:What's snow, Fiddler?
Fiddler:Never you mind, boy, never you mind. Let's get on back to home. I got enough trouble teaching you the difference between manure and massa. 'Course there ain't all that much difference when you gets right down to it.
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16 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Remember this is a work of fiction, 26 December 2009
Author: Royalcourtier from Auckland, New Zealand

Too many people still believe that Roots is the true story of Alex Haley's ancestors. It is their story, all right, but almost entirely a work of fiction.

Mr Haley's claims to have spent 20 years under-covering his family history were quickly found to be false. The book (even Haley admitted it was a novel, and "largely" fiction) is a work of the imagination, not history. And not even his own imagination. It was freely plagiarized - whole pages intact -from the work of Harold Courlander - who incidentally wasn't an African-American.

Roots is compelling TV, but like Frankenstein or The Shawshank Redemption, it is a work of fiction, and a mistake to read too much into it.

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