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Showing Roots (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 23 April 2016 (USA)
Set in the year 1977, two women look to integrate their small town, inspired by the miniseries "Roots" as it hits the airwaves.


Michael Wilson


Susan Batten
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Credited cast:
Maggie Grace ... Violet
Adam Brody ... Bud
Elizabeth McGovern ... Shirley
Uzo Aduba ... Pearl
Cicely Tyson ... Hattie
Viva Bianca ... Dee
J.D. Evermore ... Raybur
Kerry Cahill ... Clara
Carol Sutton ... Rosadel
Joe Chrest ... Fuzzy Canaday
Ritchie Montgomery ... Pip
Sewell Whitney ... Preacher
David Bush David Bush ... D.B. Stubanks
Susan Batten Susan Batten ... Betty
Jesse Yarborough Jesse Yarborough ... Bridge Contractor


'Showing Roots' takes place in 1977 during the premiere of the miniseries Roots. Set in a small southern town where there definitely are still 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks, two young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence, self-discovery, and ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.

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Comedy | Drama


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Actress Cicely Tyson ("Ms. Hattie") actually appeared in the original 1977 movie "Roots" as the character "Binta". See more »


Written by Adrian Zagoritis and Geoffrey Williams
Performed by Adrian Zagoritis and Geoffrey Williams
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Meaningful and charming
9 December 2016 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

What a treat this TV movie turned out to be.

It's quite fascinating to see the effect in 1977 of the broadcast on TV of Roots on both black and white folk in a small Southern town. Good reminder how much prejudice there was in the 70s.

Maggie Grace is just right for the role - her awkwardness and sweetness are perfect for the role of the simple good hearted hair dresser. Adam Brody plays her construction supervisor love interest. He's a likable actor who should be on TV more. Elizabeth McGovern is quite droll as the bigoted scheming comically villain hairdresser. It's great she gets to show another side from the rather bland Downton Abbey role. Good performance too from Uzo Aduba as Maggie's black best friend and partner. She doesn't overdo her black awareness. Cicely Tyson who was in the original Roots makes an appearance too.

Watch this one - it's a gem.

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23 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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