Roots: The Complete Miniseries

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (13)

  • Kintango: We believe not in death, but in life, and there is no object more valuable than a man's life.

  • Omoro: (holding his newborn son up to a star-filled sky) Kunta Kinte, behold the only thing greater than yourself!

  • Kunta Kinte: I'm a Mandinka warrior!
    Fiddler: (at a horse) Horse! I hear tell that you ain't a horse at all. I hear tell that you think you a mighty crow! I hear tell that you fly from here 'bouts all the way to Annapolis and back again. Now horse... you look mighty like a horse to me. And you sure smells mighty like a horse. So I'm saying to you, that you..is..a horse! What you think you is don't matter a damn bit!

  • Fiddler: (tearfully ministering to Kunta after his near-fatal whipping) There gonna be another day. You hear me? There gonna be another day!

  • Fiddler: (musing to himself after Kunta Kinte escapes from the plantation) What it like to be free, African? What it like? Must be somethin' special.

  • Fiddler: (to Kunta Kinte) Now don't you make no trouble now. Ain't gonna hurt you. You just stay quiet now. You belongs to Massa Reynolds now, that's all there is to it. There ain't no more in Africa, Guinea man. Now you listen to ole Fiddler if you wants to keep alive. You in America now.

  • Kunta/Toby: (After she refuses to run away with him) You gonna stay a slave?
    Fanta/Maggie: I'm gonna stay alive!

  • Fiddler: (about running away) You don't be free. You be dead.
    Kunta/Toby: Then I be free.

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Notes (11)

  • The 1977 miniseries Roots still stands as the highest rated miniseries in U.S. history and its finale (Part 8) still stands as the 2nd highest rated television episode of all time, with its initial #1 spot taken over some 6 years after its original broadcast, by the 1983 finale episode of the television comedy M*A*S*H.

  • The scenes representing the village of Juffure and its surrounding area in Gambia, West Africa, were filmed on location in Savannah and St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

  • The miniseries Roots was nominated in 1977 for a total of 14 Emmy Awards including: "Outstanding Achievment in Costume Design for a drama or comedy series" "Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series" "Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing" "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (dramatic underscore)" "Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Drama series" "Oustanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a series" "Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series" "Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series" "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a drama or comedy series" "Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a drama or comedy series" "Outstanding Limited Series" "Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a comedy or drama series" "Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a comedy or drama series" "Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series"

  • The miniseries Roots won Emmy awards in 1977 for "Outstanding Limited Series", "Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing for a Series" (Larry Carow, George Fredrick, Colin Mouat, Larry Neiman, Dave Pettijohn, Paul Bruce Richardson, Don Warner), "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (dramatic underscore) " (Gerald Fried, Quincy Jones), and "Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series" (Neil Travis), all under the title of ABC Novel for Television: Roots.

  • David Greene won an Emmy in 1977 for "Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series" for directing Part 1 of Roots.

  • Ed Asner won an Emmy in 1977 for "Outstanding Single Performance By a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series" for his role as Captain Thomas Davies in Part 1 of Roots.

  • Ernest Kinoy and William Blinn won an Emmy in 1977 for "Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series" for their writing credit for Part 2 of Roots.

  • Lou Gossett, Jr. won an Emmy in 1977 for "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series" for his role as "Fiddler" in Part 2 of Roots.

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Trivia (2)

  • Alex Haley, the author of Roots, was inspired to research his family origin by years of overhearing his aunts recounting the story of Kunta Kinte in his childhood home of Henning, Tennessee.

  • After Kunta Kinte wakes up in the snow after escaping from Mr. Reynolds, the "snow" is very obviously foam.