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Roots (US)

Roots (US)


Roots was a 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. The show followed Haley's family through generations starting with slave Kunta Kinte.
Roots remains one of television's landmark programs. The twelve-hour mini-series aired on ABC from 23-30 January 1977. For eight consecutive nights it riveted the country. The finale still stands as the 3rd highest rated U.S. program ever.

In 1979, a sequel series Roots: The Next Generations was made.
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Episode Info

Final: 1x08 -- Part VIII (Jan/30/1977) [Special Runtime: 120 Min.]


The 1860's: After the Civil War, freedom has come for Chicken George and other slaves. Chicken George and his family move to Henning, Tennessee to start a new life.
Cast
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Young Kunta Kinte
John AmosJohn Amos
As Adult Kunta Kinte (Toby)
Leslie UggamsLeslie Uggams
As Kizzy
Ben VereenBen Vereen
As Chicken George
Chuck ConnorsChuck Connors
As Tom Moore
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
As Capt. Davies
Alex HaleyAlex Haley
As Himself ((Uncredited))
Cicely TysonCicely Tyson
As Binta
Lloyd BridgesLloyd Bridges
As Evan Brent
Louis Gossett, Jr.Louis Gossett, Jr.
As Fiddler

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Crew

Executive Producer: David L. Wolper
Producer: Stan Margulies
Editor: Peter Kirby (1)
Casting: Lynn Stalmaster
Music: Gerald Fried, Quincy Jones
Make-up: Stephanie Cozart Burton
Art Director: Jan Scott
Based On The Works Of: Alex Haley
Cinematographer: Stevan Larner

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Recurring Guests

Lynne Moody as Irene (2 eps)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Wrestler (2 eps)
Austin Stoker as Virgil (2 eps)
Brad Davis as Ol' George Johnson (2 eps)
Renn Woods as Fanta (2 eps)
Robert Reed (1) as Dr William Reynolds (2 eps)
Sally Kemp as Mrs Harvey (2 eps)
Olivia Cole as Matilda (2 eps)
Madge Sinclair as Bell (2 eps)
Richard McKenzie (1) as Massa Harvey (2 eps)

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