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Roots: The Gift (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 »

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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 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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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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Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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's master. However, in the miniseries 'Roots', he was not sold to William Reynolds until September 1776. In December 1775, he 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 »

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Follows Roots (1977) See more »

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A Very Special Relationship
11 January 2005 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

After Kunta Kinte was stripped of his name and sold his soul by confessing that he was now Toby Reynolds, Fiddler now became his soul mate for life. There was a very touching moment at the end of episode 2 of 'Roots' where the Fiddler unties Kunta and offers him some comfort. Kunta's defiance of Mr. Ames displayed who the Fiddler (and the rest of the slaves on the plantation) really was. When the tears came to his eyes it also came to our eyes, and it was then that we really cared about this special relationship amongst two slaves. What other film is there where the audience cares about slaves? 'Roots: The Gift' explores their relationship in greater detail before Kunta grew up to be the John Amos portrayal in episode 3. A beautiful relationship if I may say so myself.


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