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12 Years a Slave (2013)

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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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Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twelve Years a Slave  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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


$56,667,870 (USA) (2 May 2014)

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Enough is Enough
3 March 2014 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

This is another version of the movie Pianist. Black man instead of Jewish man, and violin instead of piano. In Pianist, the guy was just hiding through out the movie; in 12 Years Slave, the guy is just waiting for help instead. He waits and does whatever he is told to. He is taking no action, no fight for freedom and more than helping anyone.

I really forced myself to watch the rest of the movie after the first 20-25 minutes. All of the scenes were unsurprising. Giving the Best Picture Oscar to this movie is like giving Peace Nobel to Bush. I think Hollywood will never give up awarding white-slave and Nazi-Jew movies. I wander if they will ever make Jew-Palestinian movie and award it!

I have to admit one thing though: The end was very touching. I couldn't hold my tears. But it had to belong to another movie.

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