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Writers (WGA):
John Ridley (screenplay)
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8 November 2013 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Solomon Northup

Dwight Henry ... Uncle Abram
Dickie Gravois ... Overseer

Bryan Batt ... Judge Turner

Ashley Dyke ... Anna

Kelsey Scott ... Anne Northup

Quvenzhané Wallis ... Margaret Northup

Cameron Zeigler ... Alonzo Northup

Tony Bentley ... Mr. Moon

Scoot McNairy ... Brown

Taran Killam ... Hamilton

Christopher Berry ... Burch

Bill Camp ... Radburn
Mister Mackey Jr. ... Randall

Chris Chalk ... Clemens

Craig Tate ... John

Adepero Oduye ... Eliza

Storm Reid ... Emily

Tom Proctor ... Biddee

Marc Macaulay ... Captain

Vivian Fleming-Alvarez ... Mulatto Woman

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Robert

Douglas M. Griffin ... Sailor
John McConnell ... Jonus Ray

Marcus Lyle Brown ... Jasper
Richard Holden ... Fitzgerald

Rob Steinberg ... Parker

Paul Giamatti ... Freeman

Anwan Glover ... Cape

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Ford

James C. Victor ... Buyer (as J.C. Victor)

Liza J. Bennett ... Mistress Ford

Nicole Collins ... Rachel

J.D. Evermore ... Chapin (as JD Evermore)

Paul Dano ... Tibeats

Michael Fassbender ... Edwin Epps

Sarah Paulson ... Mistress Epps

Lupita Nyong'o ... Patsey

Andy Dylan ... Treach

Deneen Tyler ... Phebe (as Deneen D. Tyler)

Mustafa Harris ... Sam
Gregory Bright ... Edward
Austin Purnell ... Bob

Thomas Francis Murphy ... Patroller

Andre De'Sean Shanks ... Victim 1 (as Andre Shanks)

Kelvin Harrison ... Victim 2
Scott Michael Jefferson ... Master Shaw (as Scott M. Jefferson)

Alfre Woodard ... Mistress Shaw
Isaiah Jackson ... Zachary

Garret Dillahunt ... Armsby
Topsy Chapman ... Slave Spiritual Singer 1
Devin Maurice Evans ... Slave Spiritual Singer 2

Brad Pitt ... Bass

Jay Huguley ... Sheriff

Devyn A. Tyler ... Margaret Northup (adult)

Willo Jean-Baptiste ... Margaret's Husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Ament ... Cooke (uncredited)

Jon Arthur ... Steamboat Crew 1st Mate (uncredited)

Sean Paul Braud ... Lynchman (uncredited)

Blake Burt ... Upper Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
Carroll Burt ... Lower Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
Joseph Randy Causin ... Steamboat Crew (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
JJ Coker ... Mr. Bartholomew (uncredited)
Haylie Creppel ... Child in the Park (uncredited)
Justin Edward Davis ... Saratoga Park Pedestrian (uncredited)

Jim Gunter ... Steamboat Crew 2nd Mate (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Tea Seller (uncredited)
Jim Johnson ... Lower Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... Street Merchant (uncredited)
John C. Klein ... Lumber Mill Customer (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Washington D.C. Pedestrian (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Hotel Dining Patron (uncredited)
Gerard 'Jerry' Lewis ... Slave Guard (uncredited)
Kevonte Mcdonald ... Slave (uncredited)

Ritchie Montgomery ... Roadman (uncredited)

Myesha-Tiara ... Edwin Epps's Slave (uncredited)

Ruth Negga ... Celeste (uncredited)
Jason Owen ... Safty (uncredited)

Shawn Parsons ... Road Man (uncredited)

Haley Powell ... Slave Girl (uncredited)

Wayne Pére ... Winslow (uncredited)

Terrell Ransom Jr. ... Slave Boy (uncredited)
Erin Rementer ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Andre Robinson ... Slave Boy (uncredited)

Corrina Roshea ... Slave Buyer (uncredited)
Katherine Jeanie Russell ... Upper Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jarett Shorts ... Hornboy (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Cigar Smoker (uncredited)

Tyler Soerries ... Boy Playing in Park (uncredited)

Tre Tureaud ... Saratoga Park Pedestrians (uncredited)

Justin Christopher Vaughn ... Ezra (uncredited)
Bob Walker ... Abolitionist Landowner (uncredited)
Caroline Grace Williamson ... Ford Daughter (uncredited)

Timothy Wyant ... Ford Lumber Buyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve McQueen 
Writing credits
John Ridley (screenplay by)

Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)

Produced by
Dede Gardner .... producer
Anthony Katagas .... producer
Jeremy Kleiner .... producer
Steve McQueen .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Brad Pitt .... producer
Bill Pohlad .... producer
John Ridley .... executive producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Bianca Stigter .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Walker 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Adam Stockhausen 
Art Direction by
David Stein 
Set Decoration by
Alice Baker 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... department head makeup
Jean Ann Black .... hair stylist: Brad Pitt (as Jean A. Black)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Brad Pitt (as Jean A. Black)
Nikki I Brown .... makeup artist (as Nikki Brown)
Nana Fischer .... hair stylist: Michael Fassbender
Nana Fischer .... makeup artist: Michael Fassbender
Betty Hamnac .... hair stylist (as Betty W. Hammac)
Adruitha Lee .... department head hair stylist
Nick London .... key makeup artist
Yolanda Mercadel .... hair stylist
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... makeup artist
Amy Wood .... key hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Marcos Gonzales .... hair additional (uncredited)
Rena Grady .... personal makeup artist: Brad Pitt (uncredited)
LaToya Henderson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Stacey Herbert .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Lazzaro .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Penina Mezei .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Caitlin Murphy Miles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Erin Moreau .... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
Kat Percy .... hair stylist (uncredited)
LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alissa M. Kantrow .... production supervisor
Anthony Katagas .... unit production manager
James Masi .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Parker .... additional second second assistant director
James Roque .... second assistant director (as James Roque Jr.)
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... second second assistant director
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
Mark Carter .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Maguy R. Cohen .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Ann C. Salzer .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Art Department
Jason Allard .... gangboss
Jason Ament .... greensperson
Richard Andreotta .... greensperson (as Rick Andreotta)
Jill Broadfoot .... additional buyer
David Henry Buck .... construction foreman
Kenneth Chauvin .... set dresser
Doug Cluff .... charge scenic (as Douglas Cluff)
Carl Counts .... art department coordinator
Walter Dickerson .... set dresser (as Walt Dickerson)
Zachary Dickerson .... set dresser
Mark Digiantommaso .... gangboss (as Mark A. Digiantommaso)
Russ Doyle .... greensperson (as Russell Doyle)
Jude Erny .... scenic artist
Matthew Gatlin .... set designer
Greg Harney .... set dresser
Michael A. Johnson .... leadman
Dan Joy .... scenic foreman
Rob Joy .... greensperson
Joie Todd Kerns .... set dresser
Heather Korman .... property assistant
Michelle Lacayo .... set dresser (as J. Michelle Lacayo)
Kevin C. Lang .... set dresser
Erik Malkovich .... set dresser
Michael S. Martin .... property master
Dudley Merritt .... construction foreman
Natalie Natell .... greensperson
Siobhan O'Brien .... set dresser
Jorin Ostroska .... assistant property master
Grahme Perez .... set dressing buyer
Alixandra Petrovich .... on set dresser
Edward Rezendes .... paint foreman (as Ed Rezendes)
Nick Rippon .... greensperson
David Rotondo .... construction coordinator
Sam Rotondo .... construction production assistant
Shelly Sanchez .... set dresser (as Shelly Moore Sanchez)
Walter Schneider .... set designer
Tom Sola .... general foreman (as Thomas C. Sola)
Carl Sprague .... set designer
Victoria St. Pierre .... on set painter (as Victoria Erny-St. Pierre)
Gordon Thomas .... set dresser
Erik van Haaren .... location foreman
Leia Verner .... art department production assistant
Jim Wallis .... set designer
Taylor Weeks .... scenic artist
Michael Arena .... greensman (uncredited)
Melanie Aymami .... painter (uncredited)
Brian Babineaux .... painter (uncredited)
William Burck .... set dresser (uncredited)
Melisa Coby .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Will Eastin .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Brian Freeman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Paul Giglione .... painter (uncredited)
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Daniel E. Kiker .... painter (uncredited)
Thomas Knight .... set dresser (uncredited)
Wesley McMurrian .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert J. Moore Jr. .... set dresser swing (uncredited)
Marybeth O'Connor .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jared Pendergrass .... additional property (uncredited)
Brad Quintana .... painter (uncredited)
Garin Sparks .... constructor (uncredited)
Stephanie Wittmann .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... sound consultant: Dolby
Henry Auerbach .... dialogue editor
Ryan Collins .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Collins .... supervising sound editor
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
Kirk Francis .... production sound mixer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Sang Kim .... assistant sound editor
Tim Limer .... mix recordist (as Timothy Limer)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Jordan O'Neill .... sound consultant: Datastat
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (as Joshua Reinhardt)
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Jon Vogl .... sound effects editor
Chris Welcker .... second unit sound mixer
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Shayna Brown .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Gary Day .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Judah Getz .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Justin Herman .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Jesse Kees .... sound editor (uncredited)
Nick Kray .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jamey Osborne .... additional sound utility (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Billy Theriot .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Irene Vinader .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Gorman .... special effects foreman (as Jim Gorman)
Matthew A. Hahn .... special effects technician (as Matt Hahn)
David Nash .... special effects coordinator
Jonathan Cappel .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Gorman .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Matthew Brady Harris .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Hava .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mik Kastner .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Matt Zaff .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Anthony S. Castro .... compositor: Wildfire Post NOLA (as Anthony Castro)
Andrey Drogobetski .... lead visual effects compositor: Wildfire Post NOLA
Victor Manuel Fernandez .... compositor: Wildfire Post NOLA (as Victor Fernandez)
Rocco Gioffre .... lead matte painter: Wildfire Post NOLA
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire Post NOLA
Chris LeDoux .... digital effects supervisor: Crafty Apes
Tim LeDoux .... visual effects supervisor: Crafty Apes
Greg-Paul Malone .... flame artist: Wildfire Post NOLA
Katie McCall .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire Post NOLA
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire Post NOLA
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire Post NOLA
Andrew Stillinger .... compositor: Wildfire Post NOLA
Ligia Weibelt .... roto/2d: Wildfire Post NOLA
Steven Young .... assistant production coordinator: Wildfire Post NOLA
Mark LeDoux .... digital compositor: Crafty Apes (uncredited)
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer: Crafty Apes (uncredited)
Jason Ament .... stunt performer
Nicoye Banks .... stunt performer
Tim Bell .... stunt performer
Sean Paul Braud .... stunt performer
Chris Bryant .... stunt performer
Alan D'Antoni .... stunt performer
Andy Dylan .... stunt coordinator
Chris J. Fanguy .... stunt performer (as Chris Fanguy)
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunt performer
Jeff Galpin .... stunt performer
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt coordinator (as Lex Geddings)
Thirl Haston .... stunt performer (as Thirl R. Haston)
Tiffany Jackson .... stunt performer (as Tiffany Jackson Billiot)
Kortney Manns .... stunt performer (as Kortney T. Manns)
Michael Ortiz .... stunt performer
Steven Ritzi .... stunt coordinator
Kerry Rossall .... stunt performer
Dother Sykes .... stunt performer (as Dother Sykes IV)
Aaron V. Williamson .... stunt performer (as Aaron Williamson)
John Zimmerman .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Bobbitt .... camera operator
Victor Brunette .... video playback
Chip Bryson .... grip
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Scott Calcagno .... best boy rigging grip
Joe Cassano .... dolly grip
Mark A. Davis .... electrician (as Mark Davis)
Eric DePoorter .... rigging grip
François Duhamel .... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Melanie Gates .... film loader
Matthew Gaumer .... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Brad 'Mo' Gremillion .... best boy rigging gaffer (as Brad 'Meaux' Gremillion)
Franklin Jones II .... key rigging grip (as Frankie Jones)
Vic Keatley .... rigging gaffer (as Victor Keatley)
R. Scott Lebell .... grip
Nick Leon .... key grip (as T. Nick Leon)
Byron Marigny .... electrician
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator
Mike McLaughlin .... gaffer (as Michael B. McLaughlin)
Lee McLemore .... best boy grip
Erskin Mitchell .... best boy electric
Scott Morrison .... electrician
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... genny operator
Rachel Perlis .... grip (as Rachel S. Perlis)
Richard Rammee .... grip (as Richard Ramee)
Andy Shuttleworth .... steadicam operator
Darren Wallace .... camera intern
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera
Marvin Thomas White .... grip
Jeff Anderson .... electrician (uncredited)
Troy Anderson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Applebaum .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Grayson Austin .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Bob Bates .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
Russell Beard .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
John Gregory Edwards .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Rowland Egerton .... best boy rigging grip: reshoots (uncredited)
Joe Engelbrecht .... additional grip (uncredited)
Corey Erwin .... lighting technician: additional photography (uncredited)
Chris Flowers .... electrician (uncredited)
Christian Hardy .... grip (uncredited)
Pete Lavaty .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Justin LeBlanc .... electrician (uncredited)
Rob Pierson .... electrician (uncredited)
Donald Roth .... rigging grip (uncredited)
James Allen Sheppard .... video utility (uncredited)
Jon Tenholder .... lighting technician: additional photography (uncredited)
Remi Tournois .... additional camera operator: reshoots (uncredited)
John Vinson .... additional grip (uncredited)
Tesh Yana .... video intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... extras casting: Caballero Casting
Elizabeth Chodar .... casting assistant
Beth Day .... casting assistant (as Elizabeth Day)
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate (as Kathy Driscoll-Mohler)
Charlotte Gale .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Melissa Kostenbauder .... casting associate
Meagan Lewis .... casting: New Orleans, RPM Casting
Rhonda Ann Gibson .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Shayna Sherwood .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jade Brandt .... tailor
Scott T. Coppock .... ager/dyer
Julie Ebel .... costumer (as Julie Ann Ebel)
Andree Fortier .... costume supervisor
Constadina Homayuni .... costume production assistant
Joni M. Huth .... costume shop supervisor
Aaron P. Mastin .... key costumer
Dena Matranga .... key set costumer
Shonta T. McCray .... costumer
Megan Richardson .... costumer (as Megan C. Richardson)
Laura Sumich .... costume production assistant
Brandon P. Watson .... tailor
Patrick Wiley .... assistant costume designer
Rebecca G. Autin .... seamstress (uncredited)
Sarah P. Koeppe .... costumer (uncredited)
Brittany Lathan .... additional costume assistant (uncredited)
Hilary Parkin .... costumer (uncredited)
Branden Watson .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Diesso .... digital intermediate conform: Company 3
Giovanni DiGiorgio .... digital intermediate assistant: Company 3
Jeremy Edwards .... post-production assistant
Boyd Ford .... telecine: Cineworks
Joe Guzman .... digital intermediate project manager: Los Angeles, Company 3
Vincent Hogan .... telecine: Cineworks (as Vince Hogan)
Annie Johnson .... digital intermediate project manager: New York, Company 3
Mieneke Kramer .... post-production assistant: Amsterdam
Javier Marcheselli .... first assistant editor
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist: Company 3
Lee Tucker .... preview projection engineer
Libby Kigar .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Kelly Lind .... post-production assistant: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Barbier Lucie .... drs artist (uncredited)
Rhonda L. Moore .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
Music Department
Nico Abondolo .... featured musician
Bob Badami .... score wrangler
Christine Bergren .... music legal
Nicholas Britell .... composer: additional music
Ann Marie Calhoun .... featured musician
Chuck Choi .... score technical consultant
Victoria de la Vega .... score technical consultant
Tim Fain .... violin performances
Anne C. Hibbs Diel .... violin instructor
Steven Kofsky .... music production services
Daniel Kresco .... score mixer
Czarina Russell .... score coordinator
Katrina Schiller .... music editor
Tristan Schulze .... featured musician
Benjamin Wallfisch .... composer: additional music
Brian Wherry .... score technical consultant
Mark Wherry .... digital instrument design
Catherine Wilson .... music editor
Christian Wenger .... score mix assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... transportation captain (as Earl R. Hurst Jr.)
Poland Perkins .... transportation coordinator
Gwendalane Ramos .... dispatcher
Kirk Baptiste .... driver (uncredited)
Virgil Bienemy .... driver (uncredited)
Greg Mitchell .... driver (uncredited)
Nick W. Pastrano .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Jerome Perkins .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Caroline Andrade .... second assistant accountant
Geraldine Atlee .... head of legal: Film4
Ken Basin .... production legal: Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger
Geoffrey Booth .... assistant: Anthony Katagas
Natalie Borlaug .... travel coordinator
Dottie Buck .... craft service assistant
Antony Buonomo .... main/end title designer: Vertigo
Michael Buster .... dialect coach
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Camille Campbell .... assistant: Mitch Horwits
Craig Carter .... animal wrangler
Ariane Chatman .... payroll accountant
Jesse Chicco .... set production assistant
John Collins .... location assistant (as John F. Collins)
Sara Denson .... assistant production coordinator
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Felicity Donarski .... controller: River Road Entertainment
David Feldman .... account executive: Company 3
David Fields .... location assistant (as Dave Fields)
Paul Fraser .... construction medic
Lindsey Fredieu .... set production assistant
Henry Louis Gates .... historical consultant (as Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Andrew Golov .... production executive: River Road Entertainment
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... production accountant (as AnaMarie Gonzaga)
Daphne A. Guichard .... medic
Sarah Hammer .... head of development: River Road Entertainment
Del Holt .... mobile air conditioning tech
Mitch Horwits .... president: River Road Entertainment
Jonathan Jefferies .... accounting clerk
Boysie Jereza .... second assistant accountant
Ruth Kesler .... production coordinator
Nazia Khan .... assistant: Brad Pitt
April Lamb .... assistant: Steve McQueen
Charlotte Lancaster .... craft service assistant
John Landers .... craft service
Sam Lavender .... head of legal: Film4
Rich Malchar .... security: Brad Pitt, Clearview Protection Services
Jolynn Martin .... assistant: Bill Pohlad
Angie Miller .... manager of business and legal affairs: River Road Entertainment
Dennis Michael Mitchell II .... office production assistant (as Dennis Ray Mitchell)
Albert J. Moten Jr. .... location assistant (as Albert Moten Jr.)
Patricia Nelkin .... assistant location manager
Taylor Newman .... location assistant
Christina Oh .... assistant: Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Alexander Plitt .... production legal: Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger (as Alexander J. Plitt)
Jessica Pregnolato .... assistant: Steve McQueen
Michael Reinarts .... chief financial officer: River Road Entertainment (as Mike Reinarts)
Dee Schuka .... post production accountant: Trevanna Post
Max Segal .... office production assistant
M. Gerard Sellers .... location manager
Tom Skapars .... development executive: River Road Entertainment
Jessica Smith .... production coordinator: River Road Entertainment
Sue Bruce Smith .... head of commercial development (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Emilie Staat .... production secretary
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Desiree Stevenson .... set production assistant
Shelley Tassin .... assistant: Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Eva Thomassen .... assistant: Steve McQueen
Ron Uribe .... location assistant
Jonathan M. Warren .... set production assistant (as Jonathan Warren)
Derrick Bentley Wells .... set production assistant
Sid Yost .... animal coordinator
Christa Zofcin .... executive vice president of business and legal affairs: River Road Entertainment
Catherine Zulfer .... second assistant accountant (as Cathy Zulfer)
Joan Zulfer .... first assistant accountant (as Joan Zulfer Deplewski)
Rhea Aldridge .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Monica Rene'e Anderson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Christi Barlow .... stand-in (uncredited)
Laura Berning .... key location scout (uncredited)
Maxwell Berry .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Sumner Boissiere III .... set production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Kara Bowman .... medic (uncredited)
Batou Chandler .... location scout (uncredited)
Jason Chandler .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew James Clemons .... location assistant (uncredited)
Terrance Collier .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brian Evans .... key accountant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Matt Flanders .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Matthew Ford .... location medic: additional photography (uncredited)
Ashley Foster .... set production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Jason Frannino .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor (uncredited)
Jeff Galpin .... alligator wrangler (uncredited)
P.J. Haines .... chef (uncredited)
Derek Hall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Hotalen .... photo double for paul giamatti (uncredited)
Arif S. Kinchen .... adr/voice talent (uncredited)
Ava Knighten .... travel coordinator assistant (uncredited)
Karen Kaia Livers .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Ruben Malaret .... publicist (uncredited)
Charles Miller .... assistant: Mr. Katagas, additional photography (uncredited)
Misty Oka .... assistant: Jeremy Kleiner (uncredited)
Tracy Oliver .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Jason Owen .... wrangler (uncredited)
Kevin Posnanski .... mastering coordinator: deluxe digital cinema (uncredited)
Eric Price .... background action (uncredited)
Melody Segue .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Kenneth Shelton .... wrangler (uncredited)
David Slay .... consultant: historical accuracy (uncredited)
Pauline S. Storms .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jared Swidzinski .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Christopher Vaughn .... stand-in: Chiwetel Ejiofor (uncredited)
David Michael Warren .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Kolie Wegner .... accounting assistant: reshoot (uncredited)
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness professional (uncredited)
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness trainer (uncredited)
Philbert John McQueen .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality
134 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Steve McQueen had been toying with the idea of writing a script about slavery featuring a black man who had been born free and was later forced into slavery but was struggling with the script when his wife found Solomon Northup's biography and gave it to him. Shocked that he had never heard of Northup before he decided to adapt the book instead.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Overseer:Alright now, y'all fresh niggers. Y'all gonna be in the cuttin' gang.
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298 out of 410 people found the following review useful.
Slavery is an evil that should befall none, 25 October 2013
Author: BackFire83 from United States

12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, an educated and free black man living in New York during the 1840's who gets abducted, shipped to the south, and sold into slavery. It is a film that stimulates at both an emotional level and an intellectual one.

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup. He's been a "that guy" actor for sometime – film-goers may know his face but not his name. After this film his name will be known. He gives, quite simply, the best performance from a leading actor since Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood. Because of his character's position as a slave he is usually unable to speak his mind unless he is prepared to be beaten. As a result Ejiofor is forced to utilize body language and his eyes, which become enormous pools of emotion to express himself to the audience. He's forced to endure terrible things, but he always maintains a certain dignity and nobility that makes his plight even more affecting. It's a performance of incredible subtlety that may leave you speechless and in complete awe.

Micheal Fassbender gives the best performance of his already extremely impressive career, even besting his previous high marks from the films Shame and Hunger (both directed by Steve McQueen, who also directed 12 Years a Slave). He plays Edwynn Epps, a vicious and demonic slaver and perhaps the most loathsome and disgusting character ever put on screen. If alive today, he'd likely be a drunk with severe anger management issues. By turns pathetic and terrifying, he embodies the ultimate nightmare of a deeply flawed man given absolute power over other human beings, and through that absolute power finds only madness, which drives him to deeper cruelty. He's always a menacing and malignant presence even when not on screen, as his slaves must always be aware and prepared for his seemingly random bouts of sadism.

Other actors give excellent performances as well. Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard are all great in relatively small roles. But in this film of titans it's the one you've probably never heard of who perhaps stands above them all. In her first role in a feature film, Lupita Nyong'o, playing the pretty young slave Patsey - the object of Edwynn Epps demented and horrifying affections and the emotional epicenter of the entire picture, gives one of the most devastating performances I have ever seen. A portrait of unbearable sadness, her character is a mirror image of Solomon. While Solomon is a man who refuses to break and give up the dignity which he's known since birth, she is one who has long since been broken, and who never knew dignity in the first place. Her life is a living hell, forced to endure the "love" of Edwyn Epps and the brutal jealousy of his wife, she's trapped in a terrible triangle that she can't escape. Despite that, she retains a level of innocence that only heightens the tragedy of her character. It actually gets to the point where simply looking at this character might be enough to bring you to tears. It's a shattering performance.

Starting his career as a video artist before making full length films, Steve McQueen has an uncanny eye for imagery and contrast. He's also a very patient film maker, utilizing long, steady single shots to emphasize various things. In his prior films this has felt like a purely stylistic choice, here, it's a choice aimed directly at our heart. When the events on screen become their most horrifying and ugly is when his camera becomes the most unflinching. At times feeling perhaps like we're seeing out of the solemn eyes of the ghost of some murdered slave, watching in sorrow and rage. This is both McQueen's most accessible and artistically searing film yet.

There are also moments of stunning natural beauty that would make Terrence Malick proud. Alone, these shots would inspire wonder, but in the context of this film they make us feel more forlorn, as if the ugliness of man is encroaching on the natural beauty of the world.

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about 12 Years a Slave is the way that it portrays slavery itself. Instead of taking the easy way out and limiting his exploration of the topic solely to the slaves, Steve McQueen increases the scope and we see how it affects those who profited by it. Take Benedict Cumberbatch's character. A seemingly decent and caring man who treats his slaves with some semblance of respect and kindness. He comes off as a relatively good man who is trapped within the powerful confines of the institution of slavery. In 12 Years a Slave, slavery is shown as a horrifying and destructive social construct that drains the humanity from everyone it touches, turning good men into moral quandaries, turning flawed men into monsters, and turning an entire race of people into livestock and tools.

To watch 12 Years a Slave is to be confronted with the grim reality of slavery in a way that's never been done before. To say this is the best film ever made about slavery feels trivial, as slavery is a subject in film that has been shown with naive romanticism from films like Gone With the Wind or silly exploitation from something like Django Unchained. Both of which serve to make the topic digestible. To watch 12 Years a Slave is to experience a level of despair and misery that can become overwhelming. It's a film of such ugliness, such blunt emotional trauma, that it may haunt you for hours if not days after seeing it. So why should you watch a film that could leave you reeling and devastated? Because, it's also one of the greatest cinematic achievements of our time.

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