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12 Years a Slave (2013)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  8 November 2013 (USA)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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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. Written by Fox Searchlight

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The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup


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Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Twelve Years a Slave  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$923,715 (USA) (18 October 2013)

Gross:

$56,667,870 (USA) (2 May 2014)
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Chiwetel Ejiofor at first turned down Steve McQueen's offer to play the leading role of Solomon Northup, but then realized he had to get over his initial fear of taking on what McQueen thought would be role of the actor's lifetime. Ejiofor prepared for his role by immersing himself in the Louisiana plantation culture and learning how to use and play the violin. See more »

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When Solomon is being sold to Master Ford, the two nude women in the background both have shaved pubic hair, something virtually impossible in the 1840s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Overseer: Alright now, y'all fresh niggers. Y'all gonna be in the cuttin' gang.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Shame (2013) See more »

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Trio in B-flat, D471
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Arranged by Nicholas Britell and Tim Fain
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I feel hoodwinked
8 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first review I've ever posted, but I saw this last night with a friend and we were both pretty disappointed. This is nowhere near the caliber of "A Color Purple". The story felt somewhat disjointed and I just didn't "feel" most of the characters. Michael Fassbender was excellent. The girl who played Patsy was quite good, but her part was really not big enough to warrant an Oscar. Chiwetel, who I like a lot, just didn't quite get the ball past the goal line. The complexity of emotion that one would expect from his character wasn't quite flushed out. The final scene felt restrained and unrealistic to me. I cannot believe that this won Best Picture. My advice - save your money and wait until it comes out on cable.


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