This television film features four actors who each played a major role in a "Star Trek" television series: LeVar Burton (Kunta Kinte) played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Avery Brooks (Cletus Moyer) played Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Kate Mulgrew (Hattie Carraway) and Tim Russ (Marcellus) played Kathryn Janeway and Tuvok respectively in Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Come on, you swine. Out. Out!
Fiddler: Thank you young Mr. Parker, but you ain't got to call me no swine.
Dr. William Reynolds is shown as Kunta and Fiddler's master. However, in Roots: Part III (1977), they were not sold to William Reynolds until October 1776. In December 1775, they would still have been owned by the doctor's brother, John Reynolds.
The original ABC airing included a reference to Eastern Airlines during the end credits; this has been deleted on the vhs release.