Roots (1977)
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Part VI 

Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of both episodes 4 and 5 in the UK version of the show. In 1824,... See full summary »

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... Squire James
... Tom Moore
... Mingo
... Missy Anne Reynolds
... Stephen Bennett
... Mrs. Moore
... Sir Eric Russell
... Sam Bennett
... Kizzy Reynolds / Kizzy Reynolds Moore
... Chicken George Moore
... Matilda Moore
Wally Taylor ... Reverend
... Sister Sara
... Leonard
... Referee
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Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of both episodes 4 and 5 in the UK version of the show. In 1824, Kizzy is allowed to visit the plantation of her previous owner, Dr. William Reynolds, and learn the ultimate fate of her parents. Meanwhile, old slave Mingo teaches Kizzy's son George how to become a great cockfighting trainer. This eventually leads to huge unexpected changes in George's status. Written by Anonymous

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28 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Chicken George to the rescue
15 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

The final chapter finds Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown) and his family in Alamance County, North Carolina, with storekeeper Evan Brent (Lloyd Bridges) and brother Jemmy (Doug McClure) fighting for the Confederacy. Penniless white folks find things just as tough as the blacks, as Ol' George Johnson (Brad Davis) earns a job on the Harvey plantation as overseer, his devotion to Tom masked in public by keeping the slaves in line with a whip. Lacking the resources to conquer the North, cowardly Southerners like Jemmy Brent abandon the cause, but when he takes advantage of Tom by forcing himself on Irene, the blacksmith exacts revenge by killing Brent in self defense. Though he has no evidence of what happened, Evan takes it upon himself to wage war against the former slaves by forming the KKK, forcing a whipping on Tom that leaves him almost dead. The long awaited return of patriarch Chicken George offers salvation for the family, forming a plan to foil Brent and his criminal cohort, Senator Arthur Justin (Burl Ives), for greener pastures in Tennessee. This final chapter earned its highest ratings back in 1977, the show's cult continuing to grow year after year, and long after author Alex Haley's passing in 1992.


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