Roots Movie Review 1977

Information and Film Reviews for Roots the Movie

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The complete version of Alex Haley's saga following a black man's search for his heritage, revealing an epic panorama of America's past. Dramatizing the shared heritage of millions of African Americans in an ennobling fashion, this milestone miniseries brought together dozens of black actors to create an accurate, if simplified, picture of several generations in one black family. The story begins with Kunta Kinte (Burton) going through his manhood trials in his Gambian village in Africa, only to be captured by slavers and shipped away to America.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 573 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Slavery, Books to Film: Alex Haley, American South, African America, 4 Bones
William Blinn, Ernest Kinoy, M. Charles Cohen, James H. Lee
John Amos, Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Lloyd Bridges, LeVar Burton, Chuck Connors, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Sandy Duncan, Tanya Boyd, Lynda Day George, Lorne Greene, Burl Ives, O.J. Simpson, Todd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, MacDonald Carey, Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Ossie Davis
Stevan Larner, Joseph M. Wilcots
David Greene, Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, Gilbert Moses
Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried
Stan Margulies, David L. Wolper

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