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Roots: The Next Generations 1 Season 1979

Season 1
(192) IMDb 6.6/10

1. Part 1 TV-NR CC

Tom Harvey (GEORG STANFORD BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (AVON LONG).

Starring:
Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia de Havilland
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes
Original air date:
February 19, 1979

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director John Erman
Starring Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia de Havilland
Supporting actors Henry Fonda, Paul Koslo, Avon Long, Lynne Moody, Greg Morris, Marc Singer, Richard Thomas, Fay Hauser, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debbi Morgan, Marcus Chong, Kathleen Doyle, Ja'net DuBois, Al Fann, Lou Frizzell, Wendy Glass, Luise Heath, Ray Hemphill
Season year 1979
Network Warner Bros.
Producers Stan Margulies, David L. Wolper
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171 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Don Murillo on September 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I believe a review worth reading should include a brief description of the person giving their thoughts.To me,this helps a great deal in deciding how much credibility I will give a person's thinking.
I am a white male,48 years old,happily married going on nineteen years with five children and six grandchildren.I was born in the state of Texas,and raised to befriend people based on their actions-not the color of their skin.I,like most people,have been influenced often times by what has been taught through traditions or hearsay instead of facts,because facts often times takes some effort to discover.
I have just recently read the book Roots,and was so overcome by a multitude of aroused emotions I purchased the mini-series on DVD.My wife,children and I viewed the movies together,and have had many wonderful discussions since.It has been my experience to find movies made from books usually deficient,and so altered to make for 'better viewing' I often have some trepidation of giving my time to them.Roots was/is such a refreshing surprise in that both the movie(s) and the book are so very close in keeping with the original materials.
Mr. Alex Haley was truely a gifted person in his ability to share a story.I only wish he were yet still alive,so I could personally write him a note expressing my profound graditude in his taking the time to educate,entertain and awaken in me a compassion for a people I only thought I knew.
There is brief frontal nudity which may offend some,but in keeping with cultural historical accuracy is but a small negative in a wealth of positives.The casting and acting is above excellence.I could go on with much more accolades,but then I would be writing a novel and not a review.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By yolanda warner on February 9, 2002
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i have seen roots again for the second time in my life. the first time i was too young to remember. but today , i have seen something that was /is so powerfull. roots evolked such stong feeling in me as well as my childern. i have not cried this much in years. to see how we(black people) came to america really touched home. i felt such a wide range of emotions. hate, anger, sadness, then forgiveness all at the same time.sitting here thinking about the movie has again forced me to tears...makes one see that what we think is a hopless situation is really nothing compared to what those in the past had been threw..so people ,,please buy or rent roots..and remember where you come from...
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Vince on June 3, 2002
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This series impacted my life in a inspiring way. I learned alot about American history and the perseverance of African-Americans. It is a must-see for every human being regardless of race, culture, or nationality.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn B. Glabicki on January 10, 2002
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My mother (she turned 90 on 1/4/02) and I recently re-watched this series, after we re-watched ROOTS. It/they meant much more to us now, looking back through 20+ years of our own experiences along with recent history. The casting was superb, as is the story, even though a lot of it was ugly. It evoked very strong emotions. The different time periods were recreated realistically. I was sorry that Alex Haley is no longer alive. I would have wanted to contact him. I can only hope that he was aware of the power and depth of the legacy he left. Such important works. Mama and I vowed anew to remove hate (ignorance) from our own lives and in our circles.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Price on July 15, 2007
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I cried through out watching this powerful movie. The Next Generations documents the history of Alex Haley's family from the time they were set free from slavery all the way up until Alex is reunited with his family in Africa. This movie is inspirational in that I can identify with these people since my family was also taken from Africa and enslaved. I would urge everyone to view this movie for the history that it offers. The acting was also great. Alex Haley, thank you for sharing your wonderful history to the world. This is the best movie that I have ever witnessed in my life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Stull on April 7, 2007
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Excellent work that continues from Roots and goes into the late 1960's. This Mini-series is as good as the original and should be released on dvd asap. Alex Haley did a great thing in sharing his family history with us when he did all his research and told it the way he did. There are too many stars in this production to mention them all. I highly recommend this mini-series to anyone interested in the history of our country and it is a good story as well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on August 31, 2002
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the Whole Roots Mini-Series has touched me deeply more than anything I've ever seen.it should be a must see for all eyes because it's so moving&speaks for Past Generations&Future Ones as well.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By carol y. beckett on February 22, 2002
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I love this miniseries more than the first "Roots". I guess it's because I can relate more to the later years struggle.
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