Roots (1977)
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Part II 

Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage in 1767, and Kunta Kinte endures the indignity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of ... See full summary »

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John Erman

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William Blinn (teleplay), Alex Haley (book) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler
Lorne Greene ... John Reynolds
Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds
Ralph Waite ... Slater
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Wrestler
Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds
Vic Morrow ... Ames
Paul Shenar ... John Carrington
Renn Woods ... Fanta (as Ren Woods)
LeVar Burton ... Kunta Kinte / Toby
Tina Andrews ... Aurelia
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Mary
Big Joe Turner Big Joe Turner ... The Singer (as Joe Turner)
Fred Covington Fred Covington ... Auctioneer
Maurice Hunt Maurice Hunt ... The Doctor
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Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage in 1767, and Kunta Kinte endures the indignity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of Kunta's training, becomes his only friend, but Kunta's plans to escape and be with Fanta eventually put their friendship to the test.The events of Roots: The Gift (1988) are set between this and the next episode. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Right after Mr.Reynolds buys Kunta Kinte, and Fiddler is about to take Kunta, a white vehicle passes in front of the gray building in the background, in the back left corner. See more »

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Kunta Kinte: [seeing the Ligonier is in the middle of the ocean] There's no riverbank. Wrestler, where's the riverbank? Where's the earth? The earth is gone!
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Lou Gossett's Emmy-winning Fiddler
15 January 2017 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

Chapter two finds Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) landing in Annapolis, Maryland, auctioned off to Spotsylvania County plantation owner John Reynolds (Lorne Greene), on the advice of his top field hand Fiddler (Lou Gossett, in his Emmy Award-winning performance), so named for his fiddle playing abilities. Reynolds gives the wild African boy a new name, Toby, and assigns Fiddler the six month mission of teaching him English and training him to work the fields. His eyes constantly darting to and fro, seemingly looking for a place to run, Kunta may prove difficult to tame but responds favorably to Fiddler's innate kindness and sympathetic nature. Trouble arises when Kunta finds a sharp metal object with which he begins the laborious task of cutting off his lone chain, standing before the stunned Fiddler with only the collar around his neck. Too late to back out now, Kunta bids Fiddler an emotional goodbye and tries to effect his escape, the morning snow making him relatively easy to find. Plantation overseer Ames (Vic Morrow) whips the runaway mercilessly until he finally answers to the name Toby, lying in the mud as Fiddler tends to his wounds. LeVar Burton and Lou Gossett would reprise their signature roles in a 1988 yuletide sequel, "Roots: The Gift."


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