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Roots (1977–1977)

TV-14
TV Mini-series | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
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Budget
$ 6,600,000

Release date (First episode)
Jan 23, 1977 (United States)

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87 cast members
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Robert Reed
Dr. William Reynolds Dr. William Reynolds   See fewer
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John Amos
Older Kunta Kinte / Toby Older Kunta Kinte / Toby   See fewer
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Lynda Day George
Mrs. Reynolds Mrs. Reynolds   See fewer
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Olivia Cole
Mathilda / Matilda Moore Mathilda / Matilda Moore   See fewer
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Madge Sinclair
Bell Reynolds Bell Reynolds   See fewer
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Ben Vereen
'Chicken' George Moore / Chicken George Moore 'Chicken' George Moore / Chicken George Moore   See fewer
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Lloyd Bridges
Evan Brent Evan Brent   See fewer
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Georg Stanford Brown
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey   See fewer
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Chuck Connors
Tom Moore Tom Moore   See fewer
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Lorne Greene
John Reynolds John Reynolds   See fewer
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Sandy Duncan
Missy Anne Reynolds Missy Anne Reynolds   See fewer
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Ralph Waite
Slater Slater   See fewer
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Brad Davis
Old George Old George   See fewer
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Edward Asner
Capt. Thomas Davies Capt. Thomas Davies   See fewer
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Wrestler Wrestler   See fewer
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Hilly Hicks
Lewis Harvey Lewis Harvey   See fewer
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Lynne Moody
Irene Harvey Irene Harvey   See fewer
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Lillian Randolph
Sister Sara Sister Sara   See fewer
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Leslie Uggams
Kizzy Reynolds Moore / Kizzy Reynolds Kizzy Reynolds Moore / Kizzy Reynolds   See fewer
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Tanya Boyd
Genelva Genelva   See fewer
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Richard McKenzie
Sam Harvey Sam Harvey   See fewer
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Renn Woods
Fanta Fanta   See fewer
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Sally Kemp
Lila Harvey Lila Harvey   See fewer
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LeVar Burton
Kunta Kinte / Toby Kunta Kinte / Toby   See fewer
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Thayer David
Harlan Harlan   See fewer
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Austin Stoker
Virgil Harvey Virgil Harvey   See fewer
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Lane Binkley
Martha Johnson Martha Johnson   See fewer
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Stan Haze
Field Singer / Singer Field Singer / Singer   See fewer
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Macdonald Carey
Squire James Squire James   See fewer
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O.J. Simpson
Kadi Touray Kadi Touray   See fewer
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George Hamilton
Stephen Bennett Stephen Bennett   See fewer
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Moses Gunn
Kintango Kintango   See fewer
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Burl Ives
Senator Arthur J. Justin Senator Arthur J. Justin   See fewer
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Carolyn Jones
Mrs. Moore Mrs. Moore   See fewer
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Doug McClure
Jimmy Brent Jimmy Brent   See fewer
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John Schuck
Ordell Ordell   See fewer
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Raymond St. Jacques
The Drummer The Drummer   See fewer
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Sir Eric Russell Sir Eric Russell   See fewer
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Hari Rhodes
Brima Cesay Brima Cesay   See fewer
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Richard Roundtree
Sam Bennett Sam Bennett   See fewer
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Paul Shenar
John Carrington John Carrington   See fewer
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Helen Martin
Aunt Sukey Aunt Sukey   See fewer
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Roxie Roker
Malizy Malizy   See fewer
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William Watson
Gardner Gardner   See fewer
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Lee de Broux
Trumbull Trumbull   See fewer
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Elma V. Jackson
Mama Ada Mama Ada   See fewer
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Tina Andrews
Aurelia Aurelia   See fewer
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Brion James
Slaver Slaver   See fewer
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Lee Kessler
Miss Constable Miss Constable   See fewer
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Wally Taylor
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Charles Cyphers
Fred Drake Fred Drake   See fewer
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Kailuba Kailuba   See fewer
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Big Joe Turner
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Rebecca Bess
Girl on Ship Girl on Ship   See fewer
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Fred Covington
Auctioneer Auctioneer   See fewer
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John Quade
Sheriff Charlie Biggs Sheriff Charlie Biggs   See fewer
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Leonard Leonard   See fewer
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Sitafa Sitafa   See fewer
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Robert Calvert Robert Calvert   See fewer
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McAlmon McAlmon   See fewer
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Vilars Vilars   See fewer
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Calvert Calvert   See fewer
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Seaman Grimes Seaman Grimes   See fewer
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Telegrapher Telegrapher   See fewer
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Caroline Caroline   See fewer
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Slave Owner's Wife Slave Owner's Wife   See fewer
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8.4 / 10 | 14,408 votes