Overview

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 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.

  1. Solomon Northup

    Novel

  2. Steve McQueen

    Director

  3. John Ridley

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Solomon Northup

  2. Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender

    Edwin Epps

  3. Lupita Nyong'o

    Lupita Nyong'o

    Patsey

  4. Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    William Ford

  5. Paul Dano

    Paul Dano

    John Tibeats

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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave

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  • October 30, 2013
    R
    Theatrical

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    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 14m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $187,000,000.00

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