Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
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Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

TV-MA 7 Episodes
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TV-MA
  98 minutes
Tom Harvey (BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (LONG). Tom establishes a school but trouble brews when Col. Warner's (FONDA) son, Jim (THOMAS) falls in love with the black schoolteacher, Carrie (HAUSER). Tom meanwhile faces a crisis in his own family when his daughter Elizabeth (MORGAN) falls in love with a light-skinned negro who he considers "too white" for her to marry.
 
TV-MA
  95 minutes
Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia (BANFIELD) falls in love with Will Palmer (SHAW) a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights. Will's friend Lee Garnet (MOSLEY) is lynched after accompanying Tom (BROWN) when he fails in his attempt to register to vote.
 
TV-MA
  98 minutes
Seventeen years later: Will Palmer (SHAW) prospers as the owner of the lumber company. His daughter Bertha (CARA) goes to college where she falls in love with Simon Haley (HAREWOOD), a poor sharecropper's son. Bertha picks up Simon's diploma as he leaves school a week early to join the Army and World War I.
 
TV-MA
  99 minutes
Simon Haley (HAREWOOD) spends World War I with the 92nd Infantry, Colored, in France. On his return to the States, Simon and his buddies Doxey (WELDON) and Haywood (CASEY) are greeted by a lynch mob in Knoxville, Tennessee. Simon finally arrives in Henning where he marries Bertha (CARA) and announces that they are going to Cornell University where he will take a master's degree in agriculture. Fourteen months later they return to Henning with their first son, Alex Haley.
 
TV-MA
  96 minutes
12-year-old Alex Haley (JOHN) learns his family history from grandfather Will Palmer (SHAW). Simon Haley (HAREWOOD) lands a professorship at an Alabama college where he works with the local rural sharecroppers, helping them increase production, in addition to his classroom work. Bertha (CARA) learns she has an illness.
 
TV-MA
  76 minutes
Alex Haley (EVANS) joins the Coast Guard after leaving college. He meets and marries Nan Branch (ALLEN) before being sent to the South Pacific during WWII. In the service he also discovers a passion for writing inspired by a lucrative business writing love letters for his shipmates. After the war he reenlists and moves to New York with Nan and their two children. His marriage crumbles as he spends all of his time writing.
 
TV-MA
  100 minutes
Alex Haley (JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X. He later goes on to write The Autobiography of Malcolm X. After the black leader's assassination, Haley sets out to discover his own "roots" and launches a twelve-year search, which culminates with his visit to a small African village.
Could there be a worthy follow-up to the most-watched miniseries ever? But Alex Haley began carrying around a tape recorder, dictating more of his family's tales as they came to his memory. Those remembrances filled a 1,000-page transcript: raw material f… View More
Genres Drama
Director Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman
Starring LeVar Burton, Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia DeHavilland, Louis Gossett View More
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  82 minutes
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Movie Summary

Could there be a worthy follow-up to the most-watched miniseries ever? But Alex Haley began carrying around a tape recorder, dictating more of his family's tales as they came to his memory. Those remembrances filled a 1,000-page transcript: raw material for Roots: The Next Generations. Thirty years later, it has lost none of its dramatic and emotional power to make us confront history and examine ourselves.
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Movie Details

Genres Drama
Director Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman
Starring LeVar Burton, Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia DeHavilland, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Amos, Henry Fonda, Paul Koslo, Ben Vereen
Studio Name Warner Bros.
Release Date 1979
VUDU Release Date 04/10/2012
Rating TV-MA About Ratings
Episodes 7 episodes

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