Roots (1977)
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Part IV 

Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 3 in the UK version. By 1780, Kunta accepts his fate,... See full summary »

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writers:

William Blinn (teleplay), Alex Haley (book) | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
John Amos ... Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
Lynda Day George ... Mrs. Reynolds
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler
Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds
Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds
Raymond St. Jacques ... The Drummer
Tanya Boyd ... Genelva (as Tanya L. Boyd)
Thayer David ... Harlan
Helen Martin ... Aunt Sukey
Stan Haze ... Singer
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Fred D. Scott Fred D. Scott ... Luther
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Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 3 in the UK version. By 1780, Kunta accepts his fate, settles down with Bell and they have a daughter named Kizzy. Several years later, Kizzy befriends Anne, the young girl who was the result of a secret affair between Kizzy's master, Dr. William Reynolds, and the wife of his cuckold brother John, the previous Kunta's owner. The girls quickly, and secretly, become best friends, which ends up having unintended serious consequences later on. Written by S Hebert

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26 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, Kunta's mouth is visible at the left edge of the screen. He speaks, but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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Leslie Uggams as Kizzy, and Ben Vereen as Chicken George
15 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Chapter four opens in 1806 Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where Kunta Kinte (John Amos) and wife Belle (Madge Sinclair) still live with teenage daughter Kizzy (Emmy nominee Leslie Uggams) on the plantation of Dr. William Reynolds (Robert Reed). Kizzy's childhood friend Missy Anne (Emmy nominee Sandy Duncan) visits her uncle William, rekindling the friendship by promising to buy Kizzy so they can be together forever. Only Kizzy's parents know that Missy Anne taught their daughter how to read and write when they were children, and worry about losing their child should something go wrong. An escape attempt by Kizzy's boyfriend Noah (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) soon reveals Kizzy to be responsible for forging his written pass, resulting in her being sold to Tom Moore (Chuck Connors). Unlike her previous owner, Moore is a notorious womanizer, taking her virginity in painful fashion, and fathering her son Chicken George (Emmy nominee Ben Vereen), so named for his expertise in handling fighting cocks under the tutelage of longtime trainer Mingo (Scatman Crothers). Now in 1824 Caswell County, Virginia, George is courting preacher's daughter Matilda (Olivia Cole, whose performance earned an Emmy Award for Supporting Actress), who has her hands full trying to curb his outgoing exuberance, making him very popular with the ladies. Kizzy has never told him who his father was, with George never once thinking that his master is also his daddy, though they share a bond that is closer than most for the time, earning good money fighting chickens.


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