October 18, 2013
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Steve McQueen
MPAA Rating: R (for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality)
Screenwriter: John Ridley
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Scoot McNairy, Bill Camp, Adepero Oduye, Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam
Copyright Holder: N/A
"12 Years a Slave" is based 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.