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12 Years A Slave

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Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
12 Years A Slave
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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbener, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama 12
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: McQueen, Steve 1969-, film director, film producer
Ridley, John 1965-, screenwriter
Pitt, Brad 1963-, film producer, actor
Gardner, Dede film producer
Kleiner, Jeremy film producer
Pohlad, William film producer
Milchan, Arnon film producer
Katagas, Anthony film producer
Ejiofor, Chiwetel 1977-, Actor
Fassbender, Michael 1977-, Actor
Cumberbatch, Benedict 1976-, Actor
Dano, Paul 1984-, Actor
Giamatti, Paul Actor
Nyong'o, Lupita Actor
Paulson, Sarah 1974-, Actor
Woodard, Alfre 1953-, Actor
Northup, Solomon (Twelve years a slave) 1808-1863?
Regency Enterprises presenter
River Road Entertainment (Firm) presenter, production company
Plan B (Firm) production company
New Regency (Firm) production company
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc. film distributor

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The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841.


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Jan 25, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A true story in which Dick Cheneny's family played a piviltol role. It turns-out that the Cheneys are murderous bitches. These mass-murderers that need exceptional scrutiny as they are guilty of sodomy, rape, other unspecified homosexual horrors.

Jan 25, 2015
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ejiofor, Woodard and Cumberbatch--how could this not be a 7 star movie? It just didn't work--and I don't know why. It was painful to watch, and the story was good, but the movie was just not done well.

Jan 20, 2015
  • Madreley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie, painful to watch at times due to the brutality carried out on slaves in the mid 1800's that is portrayed in the movie. Good acting.

Jan 19, 2015
  • swcgy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Based on a true account, this film is very disturbing and left me with an angry, frustrated feeling.Excellent acting overall. Although the ending shows some progress, with respect to freedom from slavery, the story leading up to it is frightening and very sad. It is just unbelievable what black people had to endure during this difficult part of history, which exposes America's shameful past.

A very sad story with a happy ending. Makes you appreciate your freedom to come and go as one pleases.

I stayed away from this movie for a while because of its reported violence. But I ended up picking it up, and instead saw a beautifully made film that depicts the Old South as it was, and the tragedy that was the barbaric custom of slavery. Highly recommended.

Dec 05, 2014
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film was well done, and the difficult subject matter to portray on film was successful due to the great acting cast and director. I did not read the book, but other nonfiction books I have read on this subject matter makes this movie authentic but a lighter version of slavery; yet, appropriate enough for a mass audience of adults. (I saw this film first in the movie theater, and I am glad that the library carries it in DVD form.) I wondered if Chiwetel would have had several martial art blackbelt degrees, if he would have become enslaved--I found this film taught the importance of self-defense such as martial arts. The disgusting nature of slavery does come out in this excellent film.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Smurfs100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. And emotional movie

Nov 20, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Having just finished reading the book, I was all too aware of the changes made for this film adaptation. I prefer Northup’s written account.

Nov 03, 2014
  • strider643 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful and moving film. Highly recommend. Realistically demonstrates the potential depravity of man.

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Dec 08, 2014
  • Darth777Vader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 18, 2014
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Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Sex and nudity

Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Whipping, thick scars, blood

Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Very violent

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Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

May 15, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

from IMDb: Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a xyzger, but begging the law's pardon... it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?

Edwin Epps: Ha!

Bass: Suppose!

Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.

Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.

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