12 Years a Slave

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  133 min.
In Theatres:  October 18, 2013 - Toronto
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| On DVD/VOD:  March 4, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.29
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Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o

Inspiration: Solomon Northup

Synopsis

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.

Based on the book by Solomon Northup.

Director: Steve McQueen
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Arnon Milchan, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
Screenplay: John Ridley
Official Site: http://12yearsaslave.com

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  • 5 stars "an excellent film about the strength of the human spirit and the need to survive"
  • 5 stars "magnificent film - you wanna hug your children after this movie"
  • 4 stars "Okay so yes this deserved the Oscar. Outstanding acting, excellent story."
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