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12 Years a Slave -- In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Writers (WGA):
John Ridley (screenplay)
Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)
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Release Date:
8 November 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup
Plot:
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 264 wins & 256 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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 Jr. ... Victim 2 (as Kelvin Harrison)
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)

Robert D'Arensbourg ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Justin Edward Davis ... Saratoga Park Pedestrian (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)
Allen Gibson Mann ... Slave Buyer (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
(WGA)
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)
Sherri Hamilton .... hair stylist (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 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 .... adr 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)
 
Stunts
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
Harvey Bryson .... grip (as Chip Bryson)
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 Ramee .... grip
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
Jamie Fortenberry .... dailies assistant (uncredited)
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)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (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)
Tyler Atkinson .... digital distribution (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 .... production 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)
 
Thanks
Philbert John McQueen .... dedicatee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

Trivia:
In the movie, Ford purchased Solomon Northup and Eliza for $1000 and $700 respectively. Calculating inflation between 1841 and 2014, the equivalent dollar amount would be $27,000 and $19,000 respectively.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Several times during the movie horses are seen wearing bridles with a 'flash' attachment on the nose-band. This type of attachment wasn't invented until the 1960s.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Overseer:Alright now, y'all fresh niggers. Y'all gonna be in the cuttin' gang.
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Soundtrack:
The Old PromenadeSee more »

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
12 Years A Slave earns the right to be called one of the best films of the year., 24 February 2014
Author: Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England

If any contemporary director deserves to be in the mainstream spotlight without compromising their style, it's Steve McQueen. His debut, Hunger, already had the hand of a confident filmmaker taking a fly-on-the-wall style to the grimy art-house. Shame was one of the finest films of its year for its impeccable depiction of an addiction to one of humanity's primal survival instincts resulting in self-destruction. I'm so happy that his latest film has gracefully conquered early Oscar favourites from the output of David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and the now delayed film from George Clooney to become this year's Oscar frontrunner. During its festival run when the buzz first began, I took it upon myself to read the screenplay. While I can usually sink scripts within a few hours, the poetic density of 12 Years A Slave took several sittings across a week or two. Even on the page it was a harrowing, exhausting experience. It's a film that needs a have a gut to truly display the length of time, but the script is bloated in its brilliance.

Naturally, scenes were cut (whether in the editing room or pre-production I don't know) and that's a blessing and a curse. Now in the film, we rush to Solomon Northup's capture, opening with scenes we shall revisit later on. I understand the decision to enter the world as quickly as possible, but I do feel it hurts its first act. As much as I jump for joy every time Scoot McNairy hides himself in a film, the transition from ordinary life to becoming kidnapped feels jarring and contrived. Who is Solomon Northup as a free man? What does he want? Maybe we don't know because there is no source for the matter. Maybe McQueen isn't interested in telling that story. At the very least, we definitely know that Solomon is a compelling character during his capture. Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor I've always liked but he's never made an impression until now. His passion and commitment to his portrayal of Solomon is utterly captivating. While he can slink into the background of some scenes where he is not the focus, when it's time to shine he bursts a fuse.

Unfortunately during this cluttered first act, it concerns itself too much with subplots that we know will not succeed. While they accomplish establishing the stakes at hand and rule out the 'why doesn't Solomon just…' there's just too many abridged tales. Perhaps this is distracting just because I know the full stories from the script, but they should've went all or nothing with them. It results in editing that frustratingly refuses to let us into Solomon's headspace. We're along for the ride, but too frequently not Solomon's ride. During then we only get rare and rewarding glimpses into how he feels and his perspective on his past life stolen from him. Fortunately the film vastly improves once Solomon is free from the deliciously cruel Paul Giamatti to the spiteful live-wire Paul Dano. As the film focuses on his one-on-one conflicts and moral dilemmas, the film reaches intimate and truly challenging moments which is where the film's power lies. Fruitless subplots are dropped in favour of heartbreaking ones as we're introduced to the pitiful Patsey on the pathetic Edwin Epps' plantation.

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen have been one of the most enthralling director/actor combination in recent years. They always bring out the best in each other. Here, it feels like they've reached their finest work yet, but still feels like their collaboration has just began. Fassbender's Edwin Epps is the film's most fascinating and complex character, a man who sincerely refuses to believe he is evil. He demonstrates the thesis of the film in that the authoritative caucasians didn't believe they were doing anything wrong. Many people have laid claim that he is pure evil, but I don't think that's the point, he belongs in a misguided world where he thinks his lust and affection is apt praise for Patsey's talent. While I may not have sympathy for him, he is a tortured soul, a regrettable and irreversible tragedy of mankind and this is thanks to Fassbender's incredible performance. His victim Patsey, played by talented newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, is an utter revelation. She may not have a fully developed character but in at least two powerful scenes, she makes the best out of what she can for a character that warrants the tears you will inevitably shed.

One of the most consistent aspects of McQueen's films is the magnificent taste in cinematography and production design. Presumably from his art background, he's great at immersing you into his bleak visual worlds. Working with Sean Bobbit again, the cinematography is reliably enchanting. In true McQueen style, if a character must endure patiently, in this case Solomon hanging from a noose on the tips of his toes, we must endure with them. No shot this year, not even in the extraordinary Gravity, has been as stunning and unforgettable as the infamous long take of Patsey's lashes. It's a filmmaking masterclass in just a few short minutes. Despite the shaky first half hour, it's all redeemed in its harrowing final 15 minutes. It's the greatest sequence I've seen in a long time and I've never had a scene make me a blubbering mess quite like it. Yes, the jump to his kidnapping feels abrupt and there's no sense of relief to his inevitable freedom, but this is all calculated to mirror the struggle of his experience and we've felt every beat. 12 Years A Slave is a powerful testament to the endurance of the human spirit with its theme of injustice applicable to any point in history that earns the right to be one of the best of the year. After a string of lightweight Best Picture choices from the Academy, this will be a refreshing choice.

9/10

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