Twelve Years a Slave

2013
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Twelve Years a Slave
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Title: Twelve Years a Slave

Original Title: Twelve Years a Slave

Year: 2013

Info

Release Dates

  • UK: January 10 2014
  • United States: October 18 2013

Plot

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 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 forever alters his life.

Awards

  • 2014 Academy Awards (Oscars): 9 3
  • 2014 Golden Globes: 7 1
  • 2014 BAFTA Awards: 10 2

Cast

Director:

Steve R. McQueen Steve R. McQueen

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Solomon Northup

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

John Tibeats

Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti

Theophilus Freeman

Videos

TV Spot '12 Years a Slave' 0:49
Trailer 'Twelve Years a Slave' 2:28

Photos

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Trivia

Steve McQueen's daughter told him to hire Sarah Paulson after viewing her audition tape because she found her scary.

Of the seven titles directed by Steve McQueen through 1993 (including short films), this movie is the first which does not have a one-word title.

The tree where Solomon sees several men being lynched was actually used for lynching and is surrounded by the graves of murdered slaves.

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