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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.
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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Herbert Cavalier Jr. Herbert Cavalier Jr. ...  Town Folk 4 episodes, 2016
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Tom Lea 3 episodes, 2016
Malachi Kirby ...  Kunta Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Forest Whitaker ...  Fiddler 3 episodes, 2016
Laurence Fishburne ...  Alex Haley 3 episodes, 2016
Babs Olusanmokun ...  Omoro Kinte 3 episodes, 2016
Tevin Paul Tevin Paul ...  Freed Slave Soldier / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Kerry Sims Kerry Sims ...  Slave 3 episodes, 2016
Matthew Goode ...  Dr. William Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Regé-Jean Page ...  Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
Emayatzy Corinealdi ...  Belle 2 episodes, 2016
Shannon Lucio ...  Patricia Lea 2 episodes, 2016
James Purefoy ...  John Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Erica Tazel ...  Matilda 2 episodes, 2016
Derek Luke ...  Silla Ba Dibba 2 episodes, 2016
Katie McGuinness ...  Elizabeth Waller 2 episodes, 2016
Anika Noni Rose ...  Kizzy 2 episodes, 2016
Tony Curran ...  Connelly 2 episodes, 2016
Adam Fergus ...  Sir Eric Russell 2 episodes, 2016
Nokuthula Ledwaba Nokuthula Ledwaba ...  Binta Kinte 2 episodes, 2016
Carol Sutton ...  Miss Malizy 2 episodes, 2016
Chris Obi ...  Kintango 2 episodes, 2016
Roman Armstrong ...  Kunta Kinte Dbl / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Cortney McClelland Jr. Cortney McClelland Jr. ...  Newborn Chicken George 2 episodes, 2016
David Shiflett David Shiflett ...  Chicken Fight Gambler 2 episodes, 2016
Darrell L. Shuler Darrell L. Shuler ...  Waller Slave 2 episodes, 2016
Calvin Williams Calvin Williams ...  Waller Slave / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Sam Woodworth Sam Woodworth ...  Confederate Soldier / ... 2 episodes, 2016
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

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30 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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The author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley paid $650,000 in an out of court settlement. See more »

Goofs

(From the trailer) when the cannon is exploding, all the gun crew are wearing wide red stripes on their trouser kegs. The stripe was only worn by sergeants. However in the scene the cannon is being tested, ALL the crew are specialist NCOs and the scene comes at the very beginning of the Civil War, before there has been much action. Hence the artillerymen are carrying no personal weapons and their uniforms are particularly clean (before the explosion) and all have red trouser stripes. See more »

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Review of Roots
1 June 2016 | by nofearcoalitionSee all my reviews

I absolutely love this version of Roots. Its unfortunate that some reviewers of this program refuse to understand the basic fact that there are no good or bad kidnappers - only bad. The act of kidnapping does not allow for some to claim a moral high ground because you provide "small kindnesses." This version of ROOTS is similar to the stories my grandparents told me. Africans were not grateful for small favors - they wanted their freedom. What is undeniable is that all white people profited from this filthy trade in human beings - even the abolitionist. Some abolitionist were honest enough to admit this simple truth.

I wish this version of ROOTS appeared on basic channels so that more people, particularly non- cable watchers could have learned about the resistance of Africans to kidnapping and oppression. Bravo to the producers of this version of Roots!


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