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Roots

Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-14
TV Episode | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the river region of the Gambia in 1750, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have a son named Kunta. Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders. After he arrives in Annapolis, Maryland, Virginia planter John Waller ...See moreIn the river region of the Gambia in 1750, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have a son named Kunta. Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders. After he arrives in Annapolis, Maryland, Virginia planter John Waller purchases Kunta. Written by bonz6596-507-522839 See less
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Writers
Alex Haley (based upon the book by) | Lawrence Konner (teleplay by) | Mark Rosenthal (teleplay by)
Cinematographer
Status
Edit Released
Updated May 30, 2016

Release date
May 30, 2016 (United States)

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67 cast members
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Laurence Fishburne
Alex Haley (voice) Alex Haley (voice)   See fewer
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Matthew Goode
Dr. William Waller Dr. William Waller   See fewer
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Malachi Kirby
Kunta Kinte Kunta Kinte   See fewer
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Derek Luke
Silla Ba Dibba Silla Ba Dibba   See fewer
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Chris Obi
Kintango Kintango   See fewer
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Babs Olusanmokun
Omoro Kinte (as Babatunde Olusanmokun) Omoro Kinte (as Babatunde Olusanmokun)   See fewer
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Ike Amadi
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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James Purefoy
John Waller John Waller   See fewer
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Forest Whitaker
Fiddler Fiddler   See fewer
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Tony Curran
Connelly Connelly   See fewer
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Katie McGuinness
Elizabeth Waller Elizabeth Waller   See fewer
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James Gracie
Edward (as James Alexander) Edward (as James Alexander)   See fewer
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Mary Aphane
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Colby Arps
Blaine Blaine   See fewer
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Jared Bankens
Slave Dealer Slave Dealer   See fewer
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Ephraim Ephraim   See fewer
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Tony Caprari
Slave Buyer #1 (as Toni Caprari) Slave Buyer #1 (as Toni Caprari)   See fewer
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Chukwuma Onwuchekwa
Troilus (as Chima Chekwa) Troilus (as Chima Chekwa)   See fewer
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Sharleen Dziire
Young Laundress Young Laundress   See fewer
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Robert Hobbs
Slave Buyer #2 Slave Buyer #2   See fewer
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Thomas Tah Hyde III
Aaron (as Thomas Tah Hyde) Aaron (as Thomas Tah Hyde)   See fewer
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Kirby Jackson
Tabitha Tabitha   See fewer
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Ben Kgosimore
Kalabi Koro Kalabi Koro   See fewer
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Bonko Cosmo Khoza
Djata Koro Djata Koro   See fewer
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Nokuthula Ledwaba
Binta Kinte (as Nokuthula Nonozi Ledwaba) Binta Kinte (as Nokuthula Nonozi Ledwaba)   See fewer
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Kaden Washington Lewis
Slave Child (as Kaden Lewis) Slave Child (as Kaden Lewis)   See fewer
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Mondi Abenico Makhoba
Baila Koro Baila Koro   See fewer
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Pierre Malherbe
Franklin Franklin   See fewer
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Roxy Marosa
Laundress Laundress   See fewer
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Denise Milfort
Miss Ellen Miss Ellen   See fewer
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Carel Nel
Captain Davies Captain Davies   See fewer
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Ernest Ndlovu
Wolof Man (as Ernest Posa Ndlovu) Wolof Man (as Ernest Posa Ndlovu)   See fewer
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Nandi Nyembe
Grandma Yaisa Grandma Yaisa   See fewer
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Peace Nzirawa
Saloum Saloum   See fewer
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Prince Sonni Ochuba
Djeliba Koro Djeliba Koro   See fewer
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Jonathan Pienaar
Carrington Carrington   See fewer
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Zak Rowlands
Taylor Taylor   See fewer
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Mavuso Simelane
Mandinka Slave Mandinka Slave   See fewer
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Mary Twala
Nyo Boto Nyo Boto   See fewer
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Ebby Weyime
Branded Woman Branded Woman   See fewer
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Siphiwe Zungu
Mamba Jambo Mamba Jambo   See fewer
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Roman L. Armstrong
Waller Slave / Kunta Kinte Dbl (as Roman Armstrong) Waller Slave / Kunta Kinte Dbl (as Roman Armstrong)   See fewer
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Silas Borelly
Dancer Dancer   See fewer
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Tyfanni Cassidy
Christmas Party Dancer Christmas Party Dancer   See fewer
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Herbert Cavalier Jr.
Town Folk Town Folk   See fewer
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Dudley Fuqua
Soldier Soldier   See fewer
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Eddie Kendrick
Town Folk (as Ed Kendrick) Town Folk (as Ed Kendrick)   See fewer
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Jacquelin Lopez
Waller Slave (as Jacqueline Lopes) Waller Slave (as Jacqueline Lopes)   See fewer
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Tevin Paul
Waller Slave Waller Slave   See fewer
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Brandon Pettis
Cannoneer Cannoneer   See fewer
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Michael Rollins
Englishman / Gambler Englishman / Gambler   See fewer
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Darrell L. Shuler
Waller Slave Waller Slave   See fewer
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Calvin Williams
Waller Slave Waller Slave   See fewer
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Rosé Belara Young
Ring Shout Dancer Ring Shout Dancer   See fewer
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Fiona McQuinn
Dr. Waller Guest (uncredited) Dr. Waller Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Victoria Steadman
Connelly's Wife (uncredited) Connelly's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jason York
Slave (uncredited) Slave (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.1 / 10 | 442 votes