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Roots: The Gift (1988)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History  |  11 December 1988 (USA)
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The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie the two of them accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cletus Moyer
Hattie Carraway
Edmund Parker Jr.
Edmund Parker Sr.
Dr. William Reynolds
Annabella Price ...
Sarah Parker
Amelia Parker
Fran Bennett ...
Mammy May
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Brandy Brown ...
Arabella Parker
Ernest Harden Jr. ...
Maria Bryant ...
Lilly (as Maria Bryant Ellis)


The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie the two of them accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape. And the two of them try to help him and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves. Written by <>

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Roots Christmas  »

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This television film features four actors who each played a major role in a "Star Trek" television series: LeVar Burton' (Kunta Kinte) played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Avery Brooks (Cletus Moyer) played Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Kate Mulgrew (Hattie Carraway) played Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Tim Russ (Marcellus) played Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »


Edmund Jr.: Come on, you swine. Out. Out!
Fiddler: Thank you young Mr. Parker, but you ain't got to call me no swine.
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A Very Special Relationship
11 January 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

After Kunta Kinte was stripped of his name and sold his soul by confessing that he was now Toby Reynolds, Fiddler now became his soul mate for life. There was a very touching moment at the end of episode 2 of 'Roots' where the Fiddler unties Kunta and offers him some comfort. Kunta's defiance of Mr. Ames displayed who the Fiddler (and the rest of the slaves on the plantation) really was. When the tears came to his eyes it also came to our eyes, and it was then that we really cared about this special relationship amongst two slaves. What other film is there where the audience cares about slaves? 'Roots: The Gift' explores their relationship in greater detail before Kunta grew up to be the John Amos portrayal in episode 3. A beautiful relationship if I may say so myself.

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