Roots (2016)
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Part 3 

George becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks and earns the nickname of Chicken George; George marries Matilda, a preacher's daughter, and fathers many children; Tom Lea loses a wager... See full summary »


Thomas Carter


Alex Haley (based upon the book by), Charles Murray (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chad L. Coleman ... Mingo
Shannon Lucio ... Patricia Lea
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Tom Lea
Regé-Jean Page ... Chicken George
Anika Noni Rose ... Kizzy
Michael James Shaw ... Marcellus
Erica Tazel ... Matilda
Brett Rice ... William Byrd
Mark Rolston ... Jewett
Brett Baker ... Sheriff's Deputy
Gabe Begneaud Gabe Begneaud ... Hastings
James Moses Black ... Benjamin Lyon
Andrew Block ... First Attendant
Miles Doleac ... Mr. MacGregor
Adam Fergus ... Sir Eric Russell


George becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks and earns the nickname of Chicken George; George marries Matilda, a preacher's daughter, and fathers many children; Tom Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm. Written by bonz6596-507-522839

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At around 1835, the character "Chicken" George Moore, a rooster fighting trainer, is in a rooster fight between his master and two two English rooster fighting owners. George's rooster loses and dies and in order to settle the bet, George is sold off to the two English men and moves to England for the next 14 years to be their slave But, England outlawed slavery in 1825, so how could he be a slave there for 14 years? It is known that he isn't freed in England because he has to come back to America in order to gain his freedom from Master Moore's will. See more »

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Blood lust & gore soap opera
13 January 2020 | by 4x4See all my reviews

13JAN2020 {1/10 stars F} Recommend? No

I did not choose to play this TV miniseries, but watched anyway. Like many movies and TV shows that have been remade, this series is a disaster compared to the original Roots. This version has made-up events and story lines that are not factual history or true to the original 12 Years A Slave book. For added shock value there is a lot of gore, violence, screaming, fighting and loud brutal physical fighting.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Gore and graphic violence abounds with dismemberment, impaling, suffocation, rape that results in children, partial nudity of women's breasts, sexual activity without full nudity, gruesome dueling scene that lasts several minutes with two men shooting and running each other through with swords, gruesome Civil War reenactments and more. Many bullets and swords shown piercing human flesh up close so the moment of impact and release of a lot of blood can be seen in detail. A LOT of blood and blood splatter is shown from MANY injuries and deaths in every episode, this might as well be a horror movie.

Black and white people shown fighting for their lives and being hanged well above the ground. Numerous times slaves are shown brutally attacking and killing their masters and other people. Gambling for rooster fighting that is shown frequently. A rooster appears to be killed by another rooster during a fight. A slow motion close up is shown of the roosters throat being slit by a talon, blood spilling out, the rooster collapsing and shown lying dead for a minute while the other rooster pecks at it to see if it is still alive.

{1=F 2=D- 3=D 4=C- 5=C 6=B- 7=B 8=A- 9=A 10=A+}

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