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12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 18, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

134 min.

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Excellent entertaining! It's a masterpiece.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Steve McQueen

Producer

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Bill Pohlad

Screenwriter

John Ridley

Starring

Story


"12 Years a Slave" is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Los Angeles Premiere of 12 Years a Slave
Oct 14, 2013
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Los Angeles Premiere of 12 Years a Slave
Oct 14, 2013

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a strong, involving, at times overstated telling of an extraordinary life story..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..composition, sound design and story all cut together beautifully, and yet, there's no question that "12 Years a Slav" remains an art film..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..a mesmerizing triumph of art and polemics: McQueen turns a topic rendered distant by history into an experience that, short of living through the terrible era it depicts, makes you feel as if you've been there..”
by Eric Kohn [indieWIRE]