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Marvin J. Chomsky, David Greene, Gilbert Moses,


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This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the best-selling novel by author Alex Haley, Roots chronicles the progress of Haley's own family across many generations, from the kidnapping of an African warrior by American slave traders to eventual post-Civil War freedom. Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is a young tribesman of coastal Africa who has passed the rituals marking his transition into manhood. Searching for wood to build a drum, he is set upon by slavers who sell him in the United States after a nightmarish Atlantic crossing. Defiant, Kunta refuses to consider himself a slave, despite some sage advice from his mentor, the more mature Fiddler (Louis Gossett Jr.). As the years pass, the aging Kunta (John Amos) is hobbled for his repeated escape attempts. Realizing he'll never return to Africa, Kunta settles down, becoming husband to Bell (Madge Sinclair) and father to Kizzy (Leslie Uggams), a girl infused with her father's independent spirit. Sold and then raped by her new master, Kizzy has a son, Chicken George (Ben Vereen), a happy go lucky cockfighting expert who uses his skills to buy his freedom. George paves the way for his children, the great-grandchildren of Kunta Kinte, who finally become free in the aftermath of the Civil War. Roots (1977) was followed by a sequel miniseries, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and a made-for-television feature, Roots: The Gift (1988), as well as another telefilm based on the family history of the Haley clan, Queen (1993).

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2016
UPC: 0883929525096
Original Release: 1977
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 9:47:00
Sales rank: 17,210

Special Features

Roots: The American Story Continues; Roots: The Cast Looks Back; Also Includes:; Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated and Entire Nation; Connecting with the Past; The Struggle to Make Roots; LeVar Burton: Original Screen Test; Alex Haley Interview by David Frost; Roots: One Year Later

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Asner Actor
Lloyd Bridges Actor
Georg Stanford Brown Actor
LeVar Burton Actor
Chuck Connors Actor
Ossie Davis Actor
Andrew Duncan Actor
Sandy Duncan Actor
Louis Gossett Actor
Lorne Greene Actor
George Hamilton Actor
Burl Ives Actor
Orenthal James Simpson Actor
Cicely Tyson Actor
Leslie Uggams Actor
Ben Vereen Actor
Maya Angelou Actress

Technical Credits
Marvin J. Chomsky Director
David Greene Director
Gilbert Moses Director
Joseph Jennings Production Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Jane Scott Production Designer
Neil Travis Editor

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