12 Years a Slave

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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


  2. Steve McQueen


  3. John Ridley


Top Billed Cast

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Solomon Northup

  2. Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender

    Edwin Epps

  3. Lupita Nyong'o

    Lupita Nyong'o


  4. Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    William Ford

  5. Paul Dano

    Paul Dano

    John Tibeats

  6. Sarah Paulson

    Sarah Paulson

    Mary Epps

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 14m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $187,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 30, 2013
    R, Theatrical



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A review by kineticandroid

By kineticandroid

Sometimes, I just have to stop my brain in the middle of a film and just admire its exceptional craftsmanship. I found myself doing that time and time again during this film. Perhaps I was more open to admiring the shot compositions and acting choices because, as I cynically told myself before the film, it's not like I needed much convincing that slavery was bad. Or perhaps it was because I was shielding myself from the honest brutalities the film convincingly portrayed. Nonetheless, I was reminded of the film "Children of Men," because when I watched that, I was struck by how easily I could im... read the rest.

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