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12 Years A Slave

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Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: 12 years a slave
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Regency Enterprises and River Road Entertainment present ; a River Road, Plan B, and New Regency production ; in association with Film4 ; a film by Steve McQueen ; produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas ; screenplay by John Ridley ; directed by Steve McQueen
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2013
Based on the book Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup
Special features: The Team; The Score; Sneak peeks
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: 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
Distributor: Beverly Hills, California :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2014]
Credits: Music, Hans Zimmer ; editor, Joe Walker ; director of photography, Sean Bobbitt.
Performers: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard.
System Details: DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Other Language: In English (Dolby Digital 5.1), dubbed Spanish or dubbed French (surround Dolby Digital 2.0); Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (5.1)
Subject Headings: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863? Drama Slaves United States Drama African Americans Drama Plantation life Louisiana History 19th century Drama Slavery Louisiana History 19th century Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Historical films
Biographical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Topical Term: Slaves
African Americans
Plantation life
Slavery
Publisher No: 2288096 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2288097 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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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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Oct 16, 2014
  • JOSEPH DENHAM rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The cinematography and acting were very good, but the movie was difficult to sit through because it was so focused on suffering. Some of the characters were portrayed in a way that was inconsistent with the book, they were made out to be unrealistically sadistic and evil. The movie was overly agenda-driven. Since we already know slavery was morally wrong, what's the point of beating it into our heads over and over again? None of my ancestors ever owned slaves, so am I still supposed to feel 'white guilt' because of the color of my skin? This shouldn't have won "Best Picture" or "Best Adapted Screenplay" although Lupita Nyong'o was very good and deserved her Oscar for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role".

Oct 13, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I rate this movie very high because to me it was highly emotionally involving and played upon a vast variety of emotions without my feeling guided or played.

It was very disconcerting to see the switch of his lifestyle from one of freedom, respect and a good life to the exact opposite.

At the end his bewildered and traumatized face said so much. This trauma could be related to a lot of human tragedy aside from slavery and racism. We are all vulnerable - we all are tested and at times fail the test of life.

Sep 30, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing movie. The story is good but the filming and all the techniques are incredible. Glad I watched it at home because some of the film is honest and graphic. Not a good film for the under 12 years group. Parent would have to do a lot of explaining about some of the scenes. All the Oscar awards were honestly received.

the book the film is based on is a gem- written in the 19th century but straightforward and free of excess wordiness. the film,on the other hand is totally inept. one example - in the book the master makes use of Patsy when he pleases and punishes her if she doesn't co-operate. when the master is away, the wife takes out her jealousy and frustration by punishing Patsy unendingly - the movie, however , decides the wife must confront her husband and make dramatic issue out of it - completely misunderstanding the dynamics and registering as inauthentic and very 20th century.
And the husband sneaks off to Patsy under cover of darkness - not in the blatant and uncaring manner described in the book. This movie was rewarded for being right-minded, not for being an example of good film-making. A dark, ugly and narratively confusing mess.

Sep 20, 2014
  • voisjoe1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This has to be the best and most realistic film about slavery in America. It would take Steve McQueen, a black man from the UK to produce and direct it. That says a lot about Hollywood, where for numerous years they either had blacks played by whites with blackface or they portrayed blacks as bumbling idiots. Sorry, Congresswoman Bachmann, slavery in America was not ended by America’s founding fathers as you so stupidly assert. This film deserves every award that it has received. And thank you Brad Pitt for having the wisdom and courage to help get this film made.

Sep 14, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Although hard to watch at times this movie was well done. Quite interesting!

Sep 14, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A sad story that needed to be told. As a movie however, I thought the ending was abrupt and incomplete. Solomon Northrup's story has so much more to it afterwards, that showing more of it would have given this Film much more balance and perspective.

Aug 22, 2014
  • Ashan22 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was upset when 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar for best picture, which Gravity should’ve won, since 12 Years a Slave won 3 out of 9 Oscar nominations. The film is lengthy and it did somewhat lose me about halfway/three-fourths of the way win but when it had me it had me by the balls. At its best this film is amazing providing one of the most engaging, emotional, and powerful films to come out this year. This movie is a must watch for any film buff. Filmmaking can be an art and with some excellent cinematography you can create some powerful moments and this film does that. Chiwetel Ejiofor is so impressive in this incredibly intense, visceral film. (When it ended, nobody in my theater moved for a period of time, and there was no round of applause mostly, it seemed, because of the shock of it all. Clapping didn’t seem like the right thing to do.) The fact that we experience the story from the perspective of a kidnapped free man makes the film instantly relatable. I was so happy to have watched all of Tom Fontana’s excellent “Copper” which features an African American civil war veteran doctor living in New York, and all of his family’s struggles in Five Points. Solomon, a New Yorker kidnapped from Washington DC, could be any of us. The Southern landscape as it likely existed in those days provides such a beautiful-yet- eerie backdrop to this movie. What I particularly appreciate the fact that all the shots are confined you never see very far into the distance. Therefore, this is why I hate and like this film for significant reasons.

Aug 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I think the point is that slavery is bad. Other than the fact that it is based on a true story (or, perhaps, because of it), this is unrelievedly dark, and it's hard to see why it got such raves.

Aug 19, 2014
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the acting was good in this movie but to me the story was depressing. Focussed mainly on how some human beings can be so cruel to another human being just because of his race or colour.

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

liya6 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Mar 18, 2014
  • karenw32 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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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