Roots (1977)
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Part III 

The adult Kunta Kinte meets his match in Belle Reynolds, his future bride and mother to daughter Kizzy.

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Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
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Mrs. Reynolds
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Fiddler
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John Reynolds
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Ames
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Dr. William Reynolds
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Bell Reynolds
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Grill
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Capt. Thomas Davies
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Trumbull (as Lee Jones-de Broux)
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Genelva (as Tanya L. Boyd)
Lee Kessler ...
Miss Constable
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Harlan
Hank Rolike ...
John
Allen Williams ...
Robert Calvert
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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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25 January 1977 (USA)  »

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When Fiddler is playing for the outdoor party, he looks in the direction Toby has fled. The large mountain in the background is in California, not Virginia. See more »

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John Amos as Kunta Kinte
15 January 2017 | by See 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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