Roots - Roots Box Set (1977)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Maya Angelou Nyo Boto
Edward Asner Capt. Thomas Davies
Lloyd Bridges
LeVar Burton Kunta Kinte/Toby Reynolds
Chuck Connors
LL Cool J
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Wrestler
Louis Gossett JR
Lorne Greene
Moses Gunn Kintango
George Hamilton
Doug McClure
Vic Morrow
Thalmus Rasulala Omoro (Kunta's father)
Hari Rhodes Brima Cesay (as Harry Rhodes)
O.J. Simpson Kadi Touray
Cicely Tyson
William Watson Gardner
Ren Woods Fanta
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Marvin J. Chomsky; David Greene; John Erman; Marvin J. Chomsky John Erman; Marvin J Chomsky
Producer Stan Margulies
Writer William Blinn; M. Charles Cohen
Studio ABC
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 573 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 8.7
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). — Karl Williams
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 300
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Screen Ratio 1.33 Full Screen / 4:3
UPC 085393745622
Release Date 1/15/2002
Subtitles Deutsch; Deutsch für Hörgeschädigte; Englisch; Englisch für Hörgeschädigte; Französisch; Spanisch; Dänisch; Holländisch; Norwegisch; Polnisch; Schwedisch
Packaging Box
Audio Tracks Deutsch: Dolby Digital 1.0
Englisch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Französisch: Dolby Digital 1.0
Spanisch: Dolby Digital 1.0
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Extra Features
Box set Closed-captioned Miniseries