Roots (1977)
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Part IV 

Kunta Kinte's only child, Kizzy, is on the Moore's ranch, older, and with an 18-year old son, George. He is the opposite of Kunta, as Kizzy says, "a slave through and through" and his ... See full summary »

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Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
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Tom Moore
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Mingo
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Missy Anne Reynolds
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Stephen Bennett
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Noah
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Mrs. Moore
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Kunta Kinte / Toby
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Dr. William Reynolds
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Sam Bennett
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Ordell
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Bell Reynolds
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Kizzy Reynolds
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Fiddler
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'Chicken' George Moore
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Kunta Kinte's only child, Kizzy, is on the Moore's ranch, older, and with an 18-year old son, George. He is the opposite of Kunta, as Kizzy says, "a slave through and through" and his father's (The Master) top cock fighter - the means of income for the whole property. George takes great pride in his master's approval but Kizzy looks down on it; but wants him settled down and married. George believes the way to do that is by being the Master's right hand man. He anticipates this will provide him with the opportunity to make a name for himself and eventually buy his own freedom. Still, Master Moore owns him and thus controls everything in George's life. Kizzy warns her son not to trust the Master. Meanwhile, Kizzy meets a handsome "fancy" man who drives his own master over for the week. Similarly, Kizzy views him as glad-handing slave whose entire personality is geared toward pleasing the Master in order to rate decent and even special treatment. He asks her to marry him and though, ... Written by S Hebert

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26 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Chicken George is Kizzie's son by her white master, yet is darker skinned than his mother. This is, of course, genetically impossible unless there is a (literally) dark secret on Massa's family tree. That may be the case, but if so there is no mention of it. See more »

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Leslie Uggams as Kizzy, and Ben Vereen as Chicken George
15 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Chapter four opens in 1806 Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where Kunta Kinte (John Amos) and wife Belle (Madge Sinclair) still live with teenage daughter Kizzy (Emmy nominee Leslie Uggams) on the plantation of Dr. William Reynolds (Robert Reed). Kizzy's childhood friend Missy Anne (Emmy nominee Sandy Duncan) visits her uncle William, rekindling the friendship by promising to buy Kizzy so they can be together forever. Only Kizzy's parents know that Missy Anne taught their daughter how to read and write when they were children, and worry about losing their child should something go wrong. An escape attempt by Kizzy's boyfriend Noah (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) soon reveals Kizzy to be responsible for forging his written pass, resulting in her being sold to Tom Moore (Chuck Connors). Unlike her previous owner, Moore is a notorious womanizer, taking her virginity in painful fashion, and fathering her son Chicken George (Emmy nominee Ben Vereen), so named for his expertise in handling fighting cocks under the tutelage of longtime trainer Mingo (Scatman Crothers). Now in 1824 Caswell County, Virginia, George is courting preacher's daughter Matilda (Olivia Cole, whose performance earned an Emmy Award for Supporting Actress), who has her hands full trying to curb his outgoing exuberance, making him very popular with the ladies. Kizzy has never told him who his father was, with George never once thinking that his master is also his daddy, though they share a bond that is closer than most for the time, earning good money fighting chickens.


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