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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
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1977  
Top Rated TV #220 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 Dr. William Reynolds 4 episodes, 1977
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 Mrs. Reynolds 3 episodes, 1977
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 Mathilda / ... 3 episodes, 1977
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 Tom Moore 2 episodes, 1977
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 John Reynolds 2 episodes, 1977
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 Old George 2 episodes, 1977
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 Lewis Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Irene Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Sister Sara 2 episodes, 1977
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 Sam Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Lila Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Virgil Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Martha Johnson 2 episodes, 1977
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 Field Singer / ... 2 episodes, 1977
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A saga of African-American life, based on Alex Haley's family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George. He's a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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The Saga of an American Family.


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23 January 1977 (USA)  »

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$6,600,000 (estimated)
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The miniseries takes place from 1750 to 1870. See more »

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When Chicken George returns from England and he first sees his wife, he slowly takes off his white gloves as they approach each other. When he wraps his arms around her, the gloves are back on. See more »

Quotes

Evan Brent: And every step I take, every time my leg twinges on me I recollect who's responsible for all the pluses and minus that I got to live with now! Yeah, I recollect who done it to me... Niggers!
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

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Oluwa
by Quincy Jones
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Remember this is a work of fiction
26 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Too many people still believe that Roots is the true story of Alex Haley's ancestors. It is their story, all right, but almost entirely a work of fiction.

Mr Haley's claims to have spent 20 years under-covering his family history were quickly found to be false. The book (even Haley admitted it was a novel, and "largely" fiction) is a work of the imagination, not history. And not even his own imagination. It was freely plagiarized - whole pages intact -from the work of Harold Courlander - who incidentally wasn't an African-American.

Roots is compelling TV, but like Frankenstein or The Shawshank Redemption, it is a work of fiction, and a mistake to read too much into it.


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