12 Years a Slave
October 2013

The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup

79% audience score from 6,924 votes

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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 will forever alter his life.
This film cost $20 million and has so far returned $187 million.
Runtime is 134 mins.
  • Drama
  • History
Cast & Crew
  • Slavery
  • Plantation
  • Based on memoir or autobiography
  • Violin player
  • Physical abuse
  • Black slave
  • American history
  • Slave owner
  • 19th century
  • Sold into slavery
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