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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Herbert Cavalier Jr. ...
 Town Folk (4 episodes, 2016)
 Tom Lea (3 episodes, 2016)
 Kunta Kinte (3 episodes, 2016)
 Fiddler (3 episodes, 2016)
 Alex Haley (3 episodes, 2016)
 Omoro Kinte (3 episodes, 2016)
Kerry Sims ...
 Slave (3 episodes, 2016)
 Dr. William Waller (2 episodes, 2016)
 Chicken George (2 episodes, 2016)
 Belle (2 episodes, 2016)
 Patricia Lea (2 episodes, 2016)
 John Waller (2 episodes, 2016)
 Matilda (2 episodes, 2016)
 Silla Ba Dibba (2 episodes, 2016)
 Elizabeth Waller (2 episodes, 2016)
 Kizzy (2 episodes, 2016)
 Connelly (2 episodes, 2016)
 Sir Eric Russell (2 episodes, 2016)
Nokuthula Ledwaba ...
 Binta Kinte (2 episodes, 2016)
 Miss Malizy (2 episodes, 2016)
 Kintango (2 episodes, 2016)
Roman Armstrong ...
 Kunta Kinte Dbl / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
Cortney McClelland Jr. ...
 Newborn Chicken George (2 episodes, 2016)
David Shiflett ...
 Chicken Fight Gambler (2 episodes, 2016)
Darrell L. Shuler ...
 Waller Slave (2 episodes, 2016)
Calvin Williams ...
 Waller Slave / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
 Confederate Soldier / ... (2 episodes, 2016)


An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.

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Release Date:

30 May 2016 (USA)  »

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Gyökerek  »

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16:9 HD
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LeVar Burton makes a cameo as the slave Ephraim, being transported in the caged wagon from the Waller plantation. He stares at Kunta Kinte. Burton played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 mini-series. See more »


(From the trailer) A Confederate Infantryman is shown firing a Henry Rifle. These were available only to a limited number of soldiers, all Union. Even if taken from a Union soldier, the gun would be useless to a Confederate as there would be no source of ammunition. See more »


Referenced in Movie Nights: R.I.O.T: The Movie (2016) See more »

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A violent remake of the 1977 classic production
3 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This remake is extraordinarily violent, and filled with contrived scenes based on that violence. The "dialogue" is filled with expletives, including some words which were not in use at that time. Much of the "plot" is unrelated to the original story. One has to wonder about the extensive use of invented scenes from the Civil War, which dominated several episodes. Overall, it is my opinion that we simply saw an attempt to draw upon the popularity of the original production, but very little worth came out of that attempt. By, the way, when humans are struck by bullets, they do not explode. Unfortunately, the hyperbolic advertising was followed by a "shoot-em-up"

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