American Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 3

Solomon Northup's Odyssey (10 Dec. 1984)

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This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time ... See full summary »



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This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time musician. One day he is approached by some men who want him to play for them. However, that is not their intention; they have kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. Now he has to endure the hardships that he has been spared because of his status as a freeman. And his family who don't know what happened to him is searching for him but where do they go? And Solomon also wishes to let them know where he is so that they could get him but unfortunately no one believes his story or is willing to help him. Written by <>

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One Of Park's Best Works
29 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My conclusion to this drama is simple; quality performance. Avery Brooks' performance without question; was sensational, playing a man torn from freedom for twelve years. Rhetta Greene's performance was also remarkable; I thought she would go further in film skyrocketing into major stardom; but whatever happened to her? Is she doing theater? Is she still alive? The late Joe Seneca's performance was brilliant, playing the old and very wise slave. Over all, this is truly one of Gordon Parks' sensational masterpieces; bringing Northup's novel to film; but, I do believe that the story could have been developed into a ten part mini series; because, the story about this man being held captive for twelve years cannot be expressed in detail in just two hours.

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