February 22, 1982 12:00 PM

PBS (check local listings)

In the first of four PBS films dealing with slavery in America, Yaphet (Blue Collar) Kotto stars as Denmark Vesey, the freed black carpenter who planned a Charleston slave rebellion in 1822. But neither he nor co-stars Cleavon Little and Ned Beatty can unshackle this plodding drama.

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