Solomon Northup's Odyssey

Twelve Years as A Slave
(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Solomon Northup's Odyssey
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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana.
Title: Solomon Northup's odyssey
twelve years as a slave
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Monterey Video, c2004, c1984
Edition: Full screen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Past America, Inc. ; producer, Yanna Kroyt Brandt ; writers, Lou Potter, Samm-Art Williams ; director, Gordon Parks
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
DVD features: actor profiles, Gordon Parks' bio, story background, original press, discussion topics
From the autobiography My twelve years as a slave by Solomon Northup
Originally broadcast as part of the PBS television program American Playhouse in 1984
Summary: Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana.
ISBN: 9781569942666
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama SOLOMON
Credits: Director of photography, Hiro Narita ; music composer, Gordon Parks.
Performers: Avery Brooks, Mason Adams, Kent Broadhurst, Lee Bryant, Rhetta Greene, Janet League, Petronia Paley.
System Details: DVD
Subject Headings: Slaves Louisiana Biography Drama African Americans Biography Drama Slavery United States Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863? Drama
Genre/Form: Fiction films
Historical films
Biographical films
Feature films
Topical Term: Slaves
African Americans
Publisher No: 339762 Monterey Video
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From Library Staff

This is a made-for-television film originally released on PBS in 1984 starring Avery Brooks as Solomon Northup and is also based on the memoir 12 Years a Slave. While not as brutal or sharing some of the energetic immediacy of the new film, this version is a well-crafted work that still has the p... Read More »

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The new movie 12 years a slave is much better then this one.

Jan 26, 2014
  • lynnwl rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It could have been a good film, the story plot is good, the actors were good. However, I thought the directing was poor.


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