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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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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
23 January 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Completing the picture See more (64 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 64 of 68)

Olivia Cole ... Mathilda (6 episodes, 1977)

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

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

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

Ben Vereen ... 'Chicken' George Moore (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)

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

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

Sandy Duncan ... Missy Anne Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)

Chuck Connors ... Tom Moore (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)

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)

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

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

Roxie Roker ... Melissa (2 episodes, 1977)
Elma V. Jackson ... Mama Ada (2 episodes, 1977)
Lillian Randolph ... Sister Sara (2 episodes, 1977)
Davis Roberts ... Leonard (2 episodes, 1977)
Richard McKenzie ... Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)

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

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

John Quade ... Sheriff Biggs (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)
Hank Rolike ... John (2 episodes, 1977)
Pat Corley ... Referee (2 episodes, 1977)
Joe Dorsey ... Calvert (2 episodes, 1977)

John Dennis Johnston ... Man at Cockfight / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

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

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

Richard Farnsworth ... Slave Catcher (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 (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)
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (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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Trivia:
The people playing Kizzy, George, and Tom Harvey were born within three years of each other. Leslie Uggams and Georg Stanford Brown who played Kizzy and Tom were both born in 1943 and Ben Vereen who played George was born in 1946. This means that "Tom" was actually three years older than his "father" and "Kizzy" was three years older than her "son."See more »
Goofs:
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 Christmas, Fiddlah?
Fiddler:Christmas is when White folk give each other stuff don't neither of em need.
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Soundtrack:
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26 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Completing the picture, 29 January 2005
Author: Steve West from Adelaide, Australia

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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