12 Years A Slave

In Movie Theaters October 18, 2013

12 Years A Slave won the 2014 Oscar for Best Picture.

A black man living in New York during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south.

Twelve Years A Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, played by a relatively unknown actor with the completly unpronounceable name, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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) forever alters his life.

12 Years A Slaves was produced by and co-stars Brad Pitt, and was originally scheduled for release in 2012... but was held back, wisely, from release for one year because of Django Unchained, a movie with similar themes.

Lupita Nyongo won the 2014 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave.

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STARRING: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyongo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Taran Killam, Dwight Henry, Sarah Paulson, Quvenzhané Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt
DIRECTED BY: Steve McQueen
STUDIO: Fox Searchlight

12 Years A Slave poster