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Roots (1977)
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by Teen Movie Critic

"But the problems for the descendents of Kinte do not end with the Civil War, as you will find out soon."
5 stars

Probably the highest rated miniseries of all-time, this stunning six part adaptation of Alex Haley's best-seller follows the painful struggle of Haley's family through seven generations.

This film covers the first four. It starts in Africa, where Kunta Kinte (first played as a teenager by LeVar Burton, as an adult by John Amos) is snatched from his homeland and into slavery. Taken to America, he will experience (as will his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) the harshest treatment ever experienced by black people: The constant backbreaking slave work in the fields; The revolts which are brutally crushed by white slave owners; The punishment for escape; And the cost of freedom after the Civil War, when they are set free and must deal with the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. Full of memorable characters and heartbreaking moments, this spans over a century, through two continents and four generations as Haley's story is brought to the small screen beautifully. Burton earned his highest praise for the role of the defiant Kunta Kinte, who became a symbol of the fight for equality and the end of racism.

But the problems for the descendents of Kinte do not end with the Civil War, as you will find out soon.

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User Comments

3/14/10 Danny Second only to Holocaust as the best mini-series ever on television. 5 stars
2/25/09 jacklyn champaigne biles This is the best movie of all time from the blacks point of view 5 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White wonderful historical 5 stars
4/17/07 Bob Whites aren't evil 4 stars
11/03/04 fufu It is interesting to see the trouble that these people went through 5 stars
10/29/04 ***** This movie is very good. I saw this movie twice and if u watch it you will like it alot. 5 stars
4/14/04 beem i wasnt feelin the green #23 jersey from black knight(longsleeve tho?) 5 stars
4/10/04 Molly Awsome move!! 5 stars
3/28/04 john a great series about a history often mentionned but not so often acknowledged 5 stars
10/09/03 Jes wow, exposes the truth about our shamful history 5 stars
4/04/03 Nick Authier Great Movie... who cares about the makeup... the movie is great!!!!! 5 stars
2/17/03 Melissa Brilliant! 5 stars
2/02/03 chris this movie was awsom 5 stars
12/11/02 LV This movie is AMAZING!! It exposes the truth about slavery and the strength of this family. 5 stars
11/03/02 Quinn This is history. You cannot just rate it as a movie. 5 stars
9/27/02 Frank Hawthorne Epic tale for all, but too long & too many flaws, esp. in make-up 4 stars
3/02/02 Mo Anand A great epical movie. For those who love historical movies will love this dramatic story. 5 stars
2/24/02 John Linton Roberson Fucking amazing. The only flaw is the crappy old age makeup.Inspired me to quit a job once. 5 stars
1/25/02 Andrew Carden Such A Depressing and Demeaning Movie. Still Makes No Sense Why People Like It. 1 stars
11/17/00 sage bass very very crapy 1 stars
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  23-Jan-1977 (NR)
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