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12 Years a Slave
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
Solomon Northup
Dwight Henry Dwight Henry
Uncle Abram
Dickie Gravois Dickie Gravois
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Bryan Batt Bryan Batt
Judge Turner
Kelsey Scott Kelsey Scott
Anne Northup
Quvenzhané Wallis Quvenzhané Wallis
Margaret Northup
Cameron Zeigler Cameron Zeigler
Alonzo Northup


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John Ridley John Ridley
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A very good movie

4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 9 22:46
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Even though I heard it would be a tough watch, it still ended up being a massively depressing movie to watch. Of course, the horror displayed was tremendous but, above all, I thought this movie had a terrible mirror effect. Indeed, even though I’m somewhat optimistic and believe that men are usually good, this movie reminds you that men can be evil, especially to one another. Furthermore, I’m ... read more

Essential, though not 2013's best

4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 17 14:31
3 votes
"I don't want to survive. I want to live."

12 Years a Slave carries the Oscar-friendly "based on a true story" label, as it tells the devastating real tale of Solomon Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery during the 19th Century. Later penning a memoir following the tragedy, Northup's dreadful ordeal has only been previously dramatised in a forgott... read more

Emotional, Uncomfortable but essential viewing.

4 years, 7 months ago at Nov 24 17:11
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When tasked with re-creating a real life story, directors must keep the foundation of the story while adding just the right touch of film magic in order to create something special. When taking in 2013's 12 Years a Slave everything about this film seems generally authentic and emotional, the only thing used to enhance the experience is a beautiful cinematography that accentuates the feel of the ha... read more
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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.
Release date: 8 November 2013
Tags: Drama (22), 2013 (15), Biography (14), Slavery (14), 2010s (9), Based On True Story (7), Racism (7), Kidnapping (6), Historical (5), Usa (5), History (5), Rape (4), True Story (4), Slave (4), New York (3), Louisiana (3), Torture (3), America (2), English (2), Plantation (2)
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