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Roots (TV Miniseries)

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Running time
573 min.
United States United States
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Alex Haley, James Lee, M. Charles Cohen, William Blinn, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee (Book: Alex Haley)
Quincy Jones, Gerald Fried
Stevan Larner, Joseph M. Wilcots
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Broadcasting by ABC; Warner Bros. Television
TV Series. Drama | TV Miniseries. Racism. Slavery. 18th Century. 19th Century
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Alex Haley Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book 'Roots' was adapted into this six-volume television miniseries. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of "Chicken" George, a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family feels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to the forced separation of spouses and families.

The installment which aired in 30 January 1977 in the USA was the most-watched TV show in US history (since surpassed by the "M*A*S*H" (1972) finale and "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas" (1978)).
1977: Emmy: 9 Awards, Including Best Miniseries. 37 Nominations
1977: Golden Globe: Best TV Series Drama
1977: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director Drama Series
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