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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, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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 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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8 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Twelve Years a Slave  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$923,715, 20 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,671,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,733,202
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Solomon Northup was playing the violin in the early scenes, the violin strings were made from synthetic material. The material at the time would have been catgut. 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 Blackcatloner: 10 Years a Social Media Junkie (2016) See more »

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The Count of Monte Alabama!
28 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

I thought this story was reminiscent of Dumas's 'The Count of Monte Cristo', so much so that I knew what would happen at the end and that he would attain his freedom.

Its a depressing and brutal film, which of course depicts how it must have been for the slaves. I applaud the acting from most of the cast and appreciate that Pitt and McQueen would have had a hard job convincing actors to participate in this film. The whole shameful episode of slavery is an emotive subject and must be difficult to portray in a way that neither attracts subscription to far right ideology, nor receives condemnation of its portrayal.

I think the film is OK as films go, but the subject matter and the depressing script, may leave people wishing that it wasn't such shocking viewing.

5 out of 10


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