• 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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Release Date: October 18th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2014

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: Biography, Historical drama

Production Co: River Road, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all. show more

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

  • 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

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