Roots (2016)
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Part 2 

Redcoats attempt to persuade slaves to run away and join the English army; Kunta escapes but slave catchers apprehend him and amputate half of his foot to ensure that he never runs off ... See full summary »


Mario Van Peebles


Alex Haley (based upon the book by), Alison McDonald (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Belle
Emyri Crutchfield ... Teen Miss Kizzy (as E'Myri Lee Crutchfield)
Matthew Goode ... Dr. William Waller
Genevieve Hannelius ... Missy (as G. Hannelius)
Malachi Kirby ... Kunta Kinte
Katie McGuinness ... Elizabeth Waller
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Tom Lea
James Purefoy ... John Waller
Mandela Van Peebles ... Noah
Forest Whitaker ... Fiddler
Tony Curran ... Connelly
Shannon Lucio ... Patricia Lea
Jason Bayle ... Grenadier Captain
Gregory Bright Gregory Bright ... Driver Slave
Dominic Burgess ... Lord Dunmore


Redcoats attempt to persuade slaves to run away and join the English army; Kunta escapes but slave catchers apprehend him and amputate half of his foot to ensure that he never runs off again. John Waller sells Kunta to his younger brother William. Written by bonz6596-507-522839

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Toby had the toes chopped off his right foot. When he was in the corral with the horse, he kept falling when trying to stand up. In one short clip when it showed his feet, the bandage was on his left foot, then in the next shot it was back on the right foot. See more »

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Blood lust & gore soap opera
13 January 2020 | by Do_u_have_heart_or_hateSee 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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31 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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