Roots (1977)
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Part III 

In 1776, John Reynolds sells the now adult Kunta Kinte to his brother William. Kunta tries to escape again, this time with dire consequences. He also meets his match in Belle Reynolds, the slave who cooks for William's family.


Marvin J. Chomsky


Alex Haley (book), James Lee


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Amos ... Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler
Lorne Greene ... John Reynolds
Vic Morrow ... Ames
Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds
Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds
Gary Collins ... Grill
Edward Asner ... Capt. Thomas Davies
Lee de Broux ... Trumbull (as Lee Jones-de Broux)
Tanya Boyd ... Genelva (as Tanya L. Boyd)
Lee Kessler Lee Kessler ... Miss Constable
Thayer David ... Harlan
Hank Rolike ... John
Allen Williams ... Robert Calvert


Kunta Kinte finally finds Fanta, but she is not the woman he once knew. Slave catchers "fix" Toby so that he can run no more. Now he has to decide if this life is worth living. Toby and Fiddler now belong Dr. Reynolds, having been used to pay John Reynolds' debt to his brother. Toby finds a reason to stay and has a daughter. Written by Anonymous

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This episode takes place from September to October 1776. See more »


According to the story's timeline, the Akan and Kunte Kinte discuss running north to the safety of the abolitionist movement in the late 1700's. The abolitionist movement was a fringe movement until the early 1800s. See more »


Referenced in Roots: The Next Generations: Part I (1882-1883) (1979) See more »

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John Amos as Kunta Kinte
15 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Chapter three casts John Amos as the adult Kunta Kinte, still answering to the name Toby for the white folks in 1776 Spotsylvania County, Virginia, joining Fiddler (Lou Gossett) on the plantation of a new owner, Dr. William Reynolds (Robert Reed), brother of former master John Reynolds (Lorne Greene). Losing half his foot after another runaway attempt, Kunta meets his match in the proud Belle (Madge Sinclair, like Amos earning an Emmy nomination for her performance), whose tender loving care nurses him back to full strength, convincing Dr. Reynolds to make him a carriage driver to curb his runaway instincts. Now is the time for the African and his woman to 'jump the broom,' which was the way slaves were married in those days, their daughter to be named Kizzy, the Mandinka term for staying put. On the night he presents his newborn Kizzy to the moon, as his father Omoro did for him under the African sky, Kunta is called to action by another chance to escape, only now the family man chooses to remain where he is.

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