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Roots

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.

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This miniseries was a huge hit in 1977. Based on Alex Haley’s best selling novel, it tells the story of Kunta Kinte from his enslavement in Africa in the mid-18th century to his descendents’ eventual freedom in the midst of the Civil War. It spawned two sequels; Roots: The Next Generations and Al... Read More »


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Dec 10, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Despite how powerful this mini-series really is about historical slavery,it is not going to stop the DEEPLY RACIST police brutality that blacks in real life are real victims of in 2014 and beyond period.If blacks in real life REPENT and turn from their WICKED WAYS,then the modern day slavery they are clearly going through in real life in 2014 and beyond will go away period,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 26, 2014

Thhese are discs 5-7. The library does not own 1-4, so I didn't bother to watch it.

Jul 23, 2013

Loved it the first time around, but found the acting way too theatrical to want to watch again.

May 19, 2013
  • NorahHoltby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I remember this being a big deal when I was a kid. The special features do provide context in terms of how huge an event the broadcast was.The make-up and the score seem dated and the final scene is over the top but it's still a decent family saga that still stands the test of time.

Feb 28, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

Feb 28, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

Feb 28, 2013
  • toyaed rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Can't believe I waited so long to watch this. Fascinating!

Aug 10, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie made me think about slavery and war. Slavery had been existing since propably before the pre-history and it has been famously abolished by Abraham Lincoln. But the balck and the white had been segregated in the States until well into 1950s. Today, however, slavery and segregation has completely and publicly disappeared at last.
Come to think of war, it has been on and off since the pre-history and we still see one or two wars or arms conflicts somewhere on the earth.
Slavery has been ablished, but war has not.
Why is that?
Probably because people who made money by slave-trade have switched from slave-trading into arms dealers or arms-makers, who have in the background teamed up with governments to ignite wars so that they remain wealthy. A good example is the collaboration between the US Government (or the American Establishment) and the giant firms such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Halliburton. Some people call it the "military-industrial complex."

Mar 23, 2011

Wikipedia article with broadcast history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)

Mar 23, 2011

Wikipedia article with broadcast history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)

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Jul 26, 2008
  • litlbit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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