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Running Time 134 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Oct 18, 2013

12 Years a Slave

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Solomon Northup
Michael Fassbender Edwin Epps
Benedict Cumberbatch William Ford
Paul Dano Tibeats
Garret Dillahunt Armsby
Paul Giamatti Theophilus Freeman
Scoot McNairy Brown
Lupita Nyong'o Patsey
Adepero Oduye Eliza
Sarah Paulson Mistress Epps

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10/24/13 - OC Register - By MICHAEL SRAGOW, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

This epic of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery bristles with texture and feeling – you experience his tortures and hopes vividly and immediately, as if the filmmakers had discovered a kind of 3D IMAX that expands your heart and brain rather than the screen. Director Steve McQueen, screenwriter John Ridley and their star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, forge an instant intimacy between the audience and Solomon Northup, a violinist and jack of all trades from Saratoga, N.Y., , reduced to cutting cane and picking cotton under the lash in Louisiana.

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