Roots: The Gift Trailer

Roots: The Gift Trailer (1988)

11 December 1988 Drama, History, TV Movie 100 mins

In December 1775, Cletus Moyer is a free black Northerner in colonial America, helping slaves escape captivity. In the days just prior to Christmas, a group of bounty hunters captures Moyer. Because of his capture, dozens of slaves who have already left their plantations are in danger of being captured as well. Moyer implores two slaves from a nearby plantation to take his place: Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka in his mid-twenties who was captured in what is now Gambia, and Fiddler, an elderly man who was born into slavery. Kunta is eager to help (and to escape himself), but Fiddler is unwilling, fearful of the consequences if they are caught.

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Cast

LeVar Burton

as Kunta Kinte

Jerry Hardin

as Reynolds

Kate Mulgrew

as Hattie Carraway

Shaun Cassidy

as Edmund Parker, Jr.

Avery Brooks

as Cletus Moyer

John McMartin

as Edmund Parker, Sr.

Brandy Brown

as Arabella

Tim Russ

as Marcellus

Michael Edwards

as Gentleman #1

Crew

Kevin Hooks

Director

Bernard Sofronski

Bernard Sofronski Executive Producer

David L. Wolper

David L. Wolper Executive Producer

Mark Wolper

Mark Wolper Producer

Gerald Fried

Original Music Composer

John A. Alonzo

John A. Alonzo Director of Photography

International Releases Dates

United States 11 December 1988

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