Roots: Season 1, Episode 1

Part I (1977)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by Anonymous

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The scene where Kunta Kinte chases off a cheetah in order to save a lamb with his slingshot parodies the story of how David killed a lion and a bear with his slingshot in 1 Samuel 17:36-37. See more »

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When the captain is in the hold with Slater, he is clearly seen lighting Slater's cigar and his own with a match struck on the side of a box - friction matches weren't developed until well into the 19th Century and this scene is set in 1765. See more »

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Wrestler: Kunta Kinte, the panther has courage. So does the warthog. Which kind of courage should a man have?
Kunta Kinte: The best kind.
Wrestler: If it is for certain that you are not yet a man - and that is for certain - then it is more certain that you are not a philosopher. "The best kind" is not an answer, Kunta Kinte.
Kunta Kinte: Well... a warthog's courage, then.
Wrestler: Why?
Kunta Kinte: Well, a warthog never retreats, he never gives up.
Wrestler: And all the hunters admire that warthog's courage.
Kunta Kinte: That's right.
Wrestler: They all say what a brave animal that warthog is.
Kunta Kinte:
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