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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: 08/30/2011
UPC: 0883929161867
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 9:33:00
Sales rank: 4,674

Special Features

2007 documentary - Crossing OverL How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation; 2002 documentary - Remembering Roots; Roots: One Year Later hosted by Louis Gossett Jr.; Cast/crew commentaries with video option

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Roots
1. Introduction
2. Credits
3. A Very Strong Son
4. Kunta Kinte
5. Partnerships
6. Much to Learn
7. The Christian Thing
8. Manhood Training
9. Doing Their Jobs
10. Types of Courage
11. Fanta and Kadi Touray
12. Hunters and Their Catches
13. Bargain On the Beach
14. Celebrating the New Men
15. Binta's Goodbye
16. Nyo Bato's Suggestion
17. Captured
18. A Matter of Philosophy
19. Fellow Captives
20. Outside Her Embrace
21. The Ship's Hold
22. Taken On Deck
23. Exercise
24. Removing the Dead
25. The Captain's Companion
26. One Village
27. End Credits
Disc #2 -- Roots
1. Credits
2. Slater's Tricks
3. Maiden No Longer
4. Revolt
5. Not Interested
6. Business Is Business
7. "We Will Beat Them"
8. Fanta Is Sold
9. Kunta Is Sold
10. A New Name
11. Taking Care of Property
12. Fiddler Talks Tough
13. The Reynolds Farm
14. In Charge
15. Two Visitors
16. "Do Not Forget Me"
17. A Doctor's Perspective
18. No Place to Run
19. Doing His Best
20. Reynolds' Guest
21. Ames' Companion
22. Broken Chain
23. Tasting Snow - and Capture
24. The Sting of Failure
25. "My Name Is Toby"
26. Another Day
27. End Credits
Disc #3 -- Roots
1. Credits
2. Toby Be Good
3. Family Debt
4. Escape Plan
5. Hidden Cargo
6. Search For a Slave
7. "I Never Seen You"
8. Nothing Left
9. She'll Stay
10. Caught and Punished
11. Can't Run No More
12. Fightin' Man
13. Genelva Visits
14. New Job
15. A Horse Is a Horse
16. Liaison In the Woods
17. Foolish Talk
18. Gifts of Love
19. No Longer Apart
20. Wedding Day Blues
21. Sound of the Drum
22. Bell's Secret
23. A Gain and a Loss
24. To the Night Sky
25. Freedom's Call
26. Kizzy's Story
27. End Credits
Disc #4 -- Roots
1. Credits
2. Covenants
3. The Fuss Over Missy Anne
4. Dearest Friends
5. Confidences
6. Cruel Joke
7. Tom Moore
8. The Fate of Slaves
9. Missy Anne's Plan
10. Terror of the Whip
11. Sold
12. What's Deserved
13. The Moore Plantation
14. Chasing Chicken
15. Ladies Men
16. Kizzy and Sam
17. "I Lose Everybody"
18. Standing Up For Kizzy
19. Another Visit
20. Daughter's Promise
21. Trouble After Dark
22. "You Could Have Cared!"
23. Cock of the Walk
24. New Hope
25. End Credits
Disc #5 -- Roots
1. Credits
2. Freedom's Price
3. No Cracker
4. Who Is This Nat Turner?
5. Fine Friendship
6. Cost Estimate
7. The Squire's Proposition
8. Father and Son
9. Striking a Bargain
10. "At Least You Free"
11. Bound For England
12. Never Forget
13. No Recollection
14. Family Reunion
15. The Brents
16. Married to a Free Man
17. Never Give Up
18. The Story Continues
19. Thief in the Night
20. Ol' George
21. Overseer Training
22. Bad News From the Front
23. Sad News at Home
24. Jemmy Reappears
25. To the Death
26. Evan's Promise
27. End Credits
Disc #6 -- Roots
1. Credits; War Over
2. Freedom Celebration
3. Changing Ways
4. Staying Put
5. Pluses and Minuses
6. Not For Nothing
7. Night Riders
8. Where the Shoe Fits
9. New Owner
10. Tom Takes a Stand
11. Scared But Proud
12. Seeing the Sheriff
13. Indebted
14. Officer of the Law
15. Whiplash
16. Not Black and White
17. One Night For Ourselves
18. Military Operation
19. Justin's Sispicious
20. Surprise Visit
21. Surprised Visitors
22. The Other Side of the Lash
23. Moving Out
24. New Home Old Story
25. Free at Last
26. Alex Haley Coda
27. End Credits

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