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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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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Solomon remains well coiffured and clean-shaven throughout. After his ordeal he returns to his family looking more or less the same with no gray hairs but apologizes for his appearance. See more »

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Overseer: Alright now, y'all fresh niggers. Y'all gonna be in the cuttin' gang.
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Masterpiece.... o_o;;
19 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

so incredible.... the trailers don't do any justice to the film. it's so powerful lingering unconventional it presents so many variables to that system one might not consider. the situations they show linger and you get the full effect of them too. you really get the sense that it is based on an account. characters will appear and vanish. they will not have little arcs and get give the audience satisfaction. it just is what it is. nothing is edited to bits either. this film is the work of a genius!

and about the musical selection, good lord. there are long bouts of silence and parts where it just freaks you out. it was really effective and hypnotizing. I was surprised to see Hans Zimmerman did the music. this is far beyond anything I've heard from him. Not the usual inception foghorns or military hum drum. also a great deal of real folksongs incorporated into it. I love when films incorporate the actually used folksongs. period pieces should be filled with music. when there were no modern devices people would sing!

people can't say that this is unrealistic either as it's an actual account. glad McQueen brought it to the public eye and in such an untethered fashion. I'll probably watch this on repeat when it comes out. I'll have to check out McQueen's other films. haven't seen them yet for some reason


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I'm a sociology PhD candidate and I can easily say slavery still exists! aykutsgn
I'm not White or American and this movie made me really ashamed bobloblah
Good film, but the direction/editing kept it from being great for me Goosfrabah
so... basically the US were worse than the Third Reich? Uwinator
I dont know if they ever explain this uriel_zuno
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