12 Years A Slave (2013)
12 Years A Slave SynopsisBased on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. 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.
12 Years A Slave Release Date
In Theaters October 18, 2013
12 Years A Slave Credits
Starring: Cihiwetel Ejifor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Taran Killam, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson and Michael K. Willaims
Written by: John Ridley
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Produced by: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, and Brad Pitt
Length: 133 min
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
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