• 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

Release Date: October 18th, 2013

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Cast: Michael Fassbender , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Benedict Cumberbatch , Paul Dano , Quvenzhané Wallis , Sarah Paulson , Garrett Dillahunt , Scoot McNairy

Director: Steve McQueen

Genres: Biography , Drama , History

Production Co: Regency Enterpises,River Road Entertainment,Plan B Entertainment,Film4,Summit Entertainment

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    ScreenCrush

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

  • 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

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