A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
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 Bud Harvey 8 episodes, 1977
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 Mrs. Reynolds 4 episodes, 1977
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 Mrs. Moore 4 episodes, 1977
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 Tom Moore 4 episodes, 1977
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 John Reynolds 3 episodes, 1977
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 Lewis Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Brima Cesay 2 episodes, 1977
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 Irene Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Sam Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Lila Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Virgil Harvey 2 episodes, 1977
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 Martha Johnson 2 episodes, 1977
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 Trumbull 2 episodes, 1977
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 The Drummer 2 episodes, 1977
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 Man at Cockfight 2 episodes, 1977
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 Stephen Bennett 2 episodes, 1977
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 Sam Bennett 2 episodes, 1977
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 Mama Ada 2 episodes, 1977
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 Girl on Ship 2 episodes, 1977
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 Caroline 2 episodes, 1977
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 Young Missy Reynolds 2 episodes, 1977
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A saga of African-American life, based on Alex Haley's family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George. He's a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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$6,600,000 (estimated)
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Ernest Thomas screen tested for the role of Kunta Kinte. See more »

Goofs

Toby escapes from Mr. Reynolds, and wakes to snow that appears to be foam. It drips off onto the blanket and sticks to his hands without melting. See more »

Quotes

Kunta Kinti: Chains ain't right for niggers, Fiddler!
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Oluwa
by Quincy Jones
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Remember this is a work of fiction
26 December 2009 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Too many people still believe that Roots is the true story of Alex Haley's ancestors. It is their story, all right, but almost entirely a work of fiction.

Mr Haley's claims to have spent 20 years under-covering his family history were quickly found to be false. The book (even Haley admitted it was a novel, and "largely" fiction) is a work of the imagination, not history. And not even his own imagination. It was freely plagiarized - whole pages intact -from the work of Harold Courlander - who incidentally wasn't an African-American.

Roots is compelling TV, but like Frankenstein or The Shawshank Redemption, it is a work of fiction, and a mistake to read too much into it.


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