• 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

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

Keywords: Escape, Dark, Revenge, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Perhaps the nature of the story is such that the film can’t help but be obvious and quite melodramatic at times, but it gets better as it goes along and builds to a moving finish. show more

  • 90
    Dana StevensSlate

    It’s the unhappiest happy ending I’ve ever seen, a moment that makes you weep not just for this one man who found his way back to freedom, but for all those men and women who never knew it in the first place. show more

  • 100
    ScreenCrush

    12 Years a Slave is an emotional workout, but McQueen makes many remarkable choices. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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