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Roots: The Gift (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 11 December 1988
In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writer:

David Eyre Jr. (as D.M. Eyre Jr.)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Fiddler Reynolds
LeVar Burton ... Kunta Kinte
Avery Brooks ... Cletus Moyer
Kate Mulgrew ... Hattie Carraway
Shaun Cassidy ... Edmund Parker Jr.
John McMartin ... Edmund Parker Sr.
Jerry Hardin ... Dr. William Reynolds
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sarah Parker
Michael Learned ... Amelia Parker
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Mammy May
Tim Russ ... Marcellus
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Scarvie
Brandy Brown Brandy Brown ... Arabella Parker
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Nicholas
Maria Bryant Maria Bryant ... Lilly (as Maria Bryant Ellis)
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Storyline

In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try to help him, and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roots Christmas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte) and Louis Gossett Jr. (Fiddler) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Roots (1977). See more »

Goofs

Dr. William Reynolds is shown as Kunta's master. However, in the miniseries 'Roots', he was not sold to William Reynolds until September 1776. In December 1775, he would still have been owned by the doctor's brother, John Reynolds. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Jr.: Come on, you swine. Out. Out!
Fiddler: Thank you young Mr. Parker, but you ain't got to call me no swine.
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Alternate Versions

The original ABC airing included a reference to Eastern Airlines during the end credits; this has been deleted on the vhs release. See more »

Connections

Follows Roots: The Next Generations (1979) See more »

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Kate Mulgrew as Hattie Carraway
19 April 1999 | by G-WomanSee all my reviews

I found this film and rented it because I'm working my way through Kate's films.... what surprised me was the number of Trek actors in it! Levar Burton (Geordie LaForge - TNG), Avery Brookes (Sisco, DS9), Tim Russ (Tuvok, Voyager) and Kate also (Janeway, Voyager). I wasn't surprised to find her playing a woman of dubious morals - she seems to do it so well ( as in Throw Momma from the Train ) - and I think she brought some depth to a small but difficult role.


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