Roots (1977)
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Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 4 in the UK version. In 1806, Kizzy is brutally punished for helping the slave she loves escape.


Alex Haley (book), James Lee


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Episode credited cast:
John Amos ... Older Kunta Kinte / Toby
Chuck Connors ... Tom Moore
Sandy Duncan ... Missy Anne Reynolds
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Noah
Lillian Randolph ... Sister Sara
Robert Reed ... Dr. William Reynolds
John Schuck ... Ordell
Madge Sinclair ... Bell Reynolds
Leslie Uggams ... Kizzy Reynolds Moore
Roxie Roker ... Malizy
Elma V. Jackson Elma V. Jackson ... Mama Ada (as Elma Jackson)
Brion James ... Slaver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Farnsworth ... Trumbull


Although the series was originally aired in 8 parts in the US, it was reedited into 6 parts for its UK release. This is part of episode 4 in the UK version. In 1806, Kunta's teenage daughter Kizzy falls in love with a slave called Noah, who later tries to escape. Unfortunately, he is quickly caught and tortured until he names Kizzy as his accomplice, sealing her horrific fate. Written by Anonymous

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27 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Georg Stanford Brown as Tom Harvey
15 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Chapter five begins in 1841, Tom Moore and his son Chicken George traveling far and wide earning their keep fighting cocks. This is the period when Nat Moore had white folks terrified of all blacks, with Tom's wife (Carolyn Jones) taking pot shots at George in the mistaken belief that he killed her husband. With Tom in heavy debt he's forced to give up his prize trainer George for a princely sum, but only after George finally learns the truth from his mother Kizzy that Tom is his father. Leaving wife Matilda (Olivia Cole) and children behind, George is off to England to see if he can earn enough money to finance his own freedom. Meanwhile, Tom's debts force him to divest himself of all his slaves, so when George returns to the US a free man he's reunited with his family on the North Carolina plantation of Sam Harvey (Richard McKenzie), in 1861 Alamance County. The first person he encounters is Irene (Lynne Moody), beautiful wife of his blacksmith son Tom (Georg Stanford Brown). Matilda rejoices in having her man home at last, but George's freedom doesn't sit well with local storekeeper Evan Brent (Lloyd Bridges) or his brother Jemmy (Doug McClure), who reveal that he can only stay in the state for 60 days, or risk becoming a slave again.

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