Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Drama | History | War
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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.

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1979
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 Simon Haley (5 episodes, 1979)
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 Elizabeth Harvey (5 episodes, 1979)
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 Earl Crowther (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Will Palmer (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Andy Warner (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Carrie / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Cousin Georgia (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Bertha Palmer Haley (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Queen Haley (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Colonel Frederick Warner (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Jim Warner (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Cynthia Palmer (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Tom Harvey (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Warner (2 episodes, 1979)
Lynne Moody ...
 Irene Harvey (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Cynthia Palmer (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Frankie Warner (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Lucy Damson (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Hapgood / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Damu King ...
 Corporal / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Royce Wallace ...
 Minnie (2 episodes, 1979)
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This series continues the story of Alex Haley's family line from the Post American Civil War era to Alex Haley's geneological search to discover his roots. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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At the time that the miniseries was produced, James Daly (RSM Boyce) was the father-in-law of Georg Stanford Brown (Tom Harvey), as he was married to Daly's daughter Tyne Daly from 1966 to 1990. See more »

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Probably The Greatest Mini-Series Ever
9 March 2005 | by (Bartlett, Illinois) – See all my reviews

As great as the original ROOTS was, this sequel was even better. Boasting more top-line established movie greats than the original, such as Marlon Brando (who received an Emmy), Henry Fonda and Olivia De Havilland, it was just better made. Of course the power this continuing saga had was based on the original's greatness, so without the original this could not stand. But the lives of Kunta Kinte's descendants depicted here, from where the original left off around 1870, to the adult Alex Haley (masterfully played by James Earl Jones)working on his incredible genealogical novel, was spellbinding and immensely touching throughout every chapter.

Carrying over from the original, Georg Stanford Brown as Chicken George's son, Tom Harvey, Brown sets the tone for this sequel with his thoughtful performance as a man dealing with freedom for the first time in his life, and how it affected his daughters, one of whom would become the grandmother of Alex Haley. Irene Cara and Dorian Harewood would add to the roster of stellar acting as Alex's parents, and extremely notable too were efforts by Beah Richards, Bernie Casey, Andy Griffith, Howard E. Rollins, Richard Thomas, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Damon Evans (as a young adult Alex Haley), and many others. A thoroughly rich and rewarding experience made even more spectacular because of its important subject matter.


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