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Season: 1 Year: 1977

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations.
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Series Cast Summary

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  Dr. William Reynolds (4 episodes, 1977)
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  Older Kunta Kinte / ... (3 episodes, 1977)
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  Fiddler (3 episodes, 1977)
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  Mrs. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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  Mathilda / ... (3 episodes, 1977)
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  Bell Reynolds (3 episodes, 1977)
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  'Chicken' George Moore / ... (3 episodes, 1977)
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  Evan Brent (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Tom Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Tom Moore (2 episodes, 1977)
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  John Reynolds (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Missy Anne Reynolds (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Slater (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Old George (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Capt. Thomas Davies (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Wrestler (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Lewis Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Ames (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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  Kizzy Reynolds Moore / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Genelva (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Sam Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Fanta (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Lila Harvey (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Kunta Kinte / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Harlan (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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  Luther (2 episodes, 1977)
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  Squire James (1 episode, 1977)
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  Kadi Touray (1 episode, 1977)
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  Mingo (1 episode, 1977)
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  Yaisa (1 episode, 1977)
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  Noah (1 episode, 1977)
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  Stephen Bennett (1 episode, 1977)
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  Kintango (1 episode, 1977)
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  Senator Arthur J. Justin (1 episode, 1977)
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  Mrs. Moore (1 episode, 1977)
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  Jimmy Brent (1 episode, 1977)
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  Ordell (1 episode, 1977)
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  The Drummer (1 episode, 1977)
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  Sir Eric Russell (1 episode, 1977)
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  Omoro (1 episode, 1977)
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  Grill (1 episode, 1977)
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  Brima Cesay (1 episode, 1977)
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  Sam Bennett (1 episode, 1977)
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  John Carrington (1 episode, 1977)
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  Aunt Sukey (1 episode, 1977)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Saga of an American Family. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Racines (France)
  • Raíces (Spain)
  • Alex Haley's Roots (Australia)
  • Raízes (Portugal)
  • Raíces (Uruguay)
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  • 588 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Author Harold Courlander successfully sued author Alex Haley for plagiarizing works, which led to the book, that served as the basis for this miniseries. Haley paid six hundred fifty thousand dollars in an out-of-court settlement. See more »
Goofs Kizzy, a slave who works in the fields, has long, beautifully manicured fingernails. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Roots: One Year Later (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Oluwa See more »
Quotes Kunta Kinti: I'm a Mandinka warrior!
Fiddler: [turns to stable horse] Horse! I hear tell that you ain't a horse at all. I hear tell that you think you a mighty crow! I hear tell that you fly from here 'bouts all the way to Annapolis and back again. Now horse... you look mighty like a horse to me. And you sure SMELLS mighty like a horse. So I'm saying to you, that you... is... a horse! What you think you is don't matter a damn bit.
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