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Roots: The Gift (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 11 December 1988
In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writer:

David Eyre Jr. (as D.M. Eyre Jr.)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler Reynolds
LeVar Burton ... Kunta Kinte
Avery Brooks ... Cletus Moyer
Kate Mulgrew ... Hattie Carraway
Shaun Cassidy ... Edmund Parker Jr.
John McMartin ... Edmund Parker Sr.
Jerry Hardin ... Dr. William Reynolds
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sarah Parker
Michael Learned ... Amelia Parker
Fran Bennett ... Mammy May
Tim Russ ... Marcellus
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Scarvie
Brandy Brown Brandy Brown ... Arabella Parker
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Nicholas
Maria Bryant Maria Bryant ... Lilly (as Maria Bryant Ellis)
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Storyline

In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try to help him, and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte) and Louis Gossett Jr. (Fiddler) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Roots (1977). See more »

Goofs

Dr. William Reynolds is shown as Kunta and Fiddler's master. However, in Roots: Part III, they were not sold to William Reynolds until October 1776. In December 1775, they would still have been owned by the doctor's brother, John Reynolds. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Jr.: Come on, you swine. Out. Out!
Fiddler: Thank you young Mr. Parker, but you ain't got to call me no swine.
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Alternate Versions

The original ABC airing included a reference to Eastern Airlines during the end credits; this has been deleted on the vhs release. See more »

Connections

Follows Roots: The Next Generations (1979) See more »

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An excellent prequel
28 May 1999 | by Pal-10See all my reviews

ROOTS: THE GIFT Is an excellent addition to the saga. Because It Is set In between the time period of Parts 2 and 3 of the original series, It's likely that you would find It hard to understand. However even If you haven't seen any of ROOTS, THE GIFT Is a fell-good drama, and you'll be guaranteed a little weep.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roots Christmas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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