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12 Years a Slave

R| 2 hr. 14 min.

Plot Summary
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor , Michael Fassbender , Benedict Cumberbatch , Paul Dano , Garret Dillahunt , Paul Giamatti , Scoot McNairy , Lupita Nyong'o

Director: Steve McQueen

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Release Date: October 18th, 2013|2 hr. 14 min.

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  • Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic. show more

  • 12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false. show more

  • Movie audiences have never been presented with anything quite like the intertwined beauty and savagery of 12 Years a Slave. show more

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  • March 28, 2014 jg00000000187582
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    Best movie of the year, not by a long shot.

  • March 08, 2014 cpenycpeny
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    One of the greatest movies I have seen. There is a lot of feelings and emotion in this movie

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'12 Years a Slave' Mannequin Stirs Up Controversy at UK Grocery Store (PHOTO)

Posted by
Katie Roberts on May 20, 2014

A U.K. store landed itself in hot water recently after it promoted the DVD and Blu-ray release of "12 Years a Slave" with a mannequin mimicking protagonist Solomon Northup. The Independent reports ...

New York Times Corrects 161-Year-Old '12 Years a Slave' Error

Posted by
Katie Roberts on March 5, 2014

Fox Searchlight Apparently, all it takes to correct a 161-year-old spelling error is a Best Picture Oscar win. After Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" took home the big prize at the Academy...

New DVD Blu-ray: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Catching Fire,' 'An American Tail'

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Jenni Miller on March 4, 2014

Fox Searchlight Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week "12 Years a Slave" What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnappe...

Are John Ridley and Steve McQueen in a '12 Years a Slave' Feud?

Posted by
Katie Roberts on March 3, 2014

Are the director and writer of newly-minted Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" feuding? According to one Hollywood insider, yes, and that feud resulted in some rather chilly behavior from the pa...

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