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Part VII (1960-1967) 

In October 1960, Alex attends his great-aunt Liz's funeral but he and his father Simon still don't get along. Alex is now making a decent living as a writer, mainly for magazines, but his ... See full summary »

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John Erman

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Alex Haley (books), Ernest Kinoy (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Barrie ... Dodie Brattle
Marlon Brando ... George Lincoln Rockwell
James Broderick ... Dr. Lewis
Lee Chamberlin ... Odile Richards
Michael Constantine ... Dr. Vansina
Norman Fell ... Paul Reynolds
Al Freeman Jr. ... Malcolm X
Dorian Harewood ... Simon Haley
James Earl Jones ... Alex Haley
Claudia McNeil ... Sister Will Ada Barnett
Linda Hopkins ... Singer
Bobby Short ... Self
Lynn Hamilton ... Cousin Georgia Anderson
Zakes Mokae ... African Minister
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... George Haley (as Howard Rollins)
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In October 1960, Alex attends his great-aunt Liz's funeral but he and his father Simon still don't get along. Alex is now making a decent living as a writer, mainly for magazines, but his father is still disappointed in him. He interviews Malcolm X for an article he's writing for "Reader's Digest" on the Nation of Islam which leads to an article in Playboy about the black leader. "Playboy" then arranges an interview with George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party. His successful articles lead to his first book, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X", completed only a short time before Malcolm X's assassination in 1965. He begins to research his own family history, attempting to locate written records that would substantiate the oral history he's heard from his childhood. After much searching, he believes he's found Kunta Kinte's original village in what is now Gambia. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place from October 1960 to April 1967. See more »

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Several copies of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" are shown in the JFK Airport gift shop with Al Freeman Jr.'s image in place of that of Malcolm X. However, when Simon reads the dedication to him that Alex has just written on one copy, the real Malcolm X's photograph is on the front cover. See more »

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Features Roots: Part I (1977) See more »

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James Earl Jones and Marlon Brando
15 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The seventh and final chapter casts James Earl Jones as writer Alex Haley, his relationship with his ever demanding father Simon (Dorian Harewood) as strained as ever. His increasing number of magazine articles allow him the chance at an even greater challenge, conducting a Playboy interview with George Lincoln Rockwell (Marlon Brando), the head of the American Nazi Party (winning Brando an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series). It's a marvelously intense sequence lasting seven minutes, Haley sweating as Rockwell fingers his pistol, dismissing the notion that Hitler extinguished six million Jews. After that Alex is allowed to compose the biography of Malcolm X, a performance that earned Al Freeman Jr. an Emmy nomination. Things really shift into high gear when he begins to research his own family tree, inspired by Malcolm's lost heritage, not knowing his real name and having to adopt the X to take its place, feeling the loss of identity. The perspective of an objective author guides Haley in obsessive fashion, first on the same front porch in Henning with cousin Georgia Anderson (Lynn Hamilton), to the Wisconsin home of dialectician Dr. Vansina (Michael Constantine), then an all expenses paid trip to the River Gambia in the West African nation of Senegal. Face to face with the Griot who repeats generations of family history, hours pass before Alex hears the familiar tale of Kunta Kinte, who went in search of a log to make a drum for his little brother, never to be seen again. It's a moving conclusion to the epic saga, watching Haley embrace his cousin in the village of his ancestors, acknowledging who he truly is after generations in slavery. Opinions vary of course but there was no drop in quality from the original ROOTS to its sequel, as top notch writing and acting brings the Haley family full circle.


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24 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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