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At Theaters: 10/18/2013 On Video: 3/4/2014
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 14 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600204
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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.
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Drama - This is a very gritty historical drama. While this is important subject matter for young people to learn about and told in an appropriately unflinching manner, the harsh violent and sexual content makes this not one for kids. Parents of younger teens should use discretion accordingly. This is a major star showcase for Chiwetel Ejiofor, with other known stars such as Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and especially Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt having much smaller roles.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Chiwetel Ejiofor SALT, 2012
Michael Fassbender SHAME, PROMETHEUS
Brad Pitt WORLD WAR Z, KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Lupita Nyog'o Feature Film Debut
Benedict Cumberbatch THE FIFTH ESTATE, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Paul Dano PRISONERS, BEING FLYNN
Dir/Prod: Steve McQueen HUNGER, SHAME
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Production Notes Heading
"Utter Darkness" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
About the Production
The Book
Adapting and Developing the Screenplay
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Becoming Solomon Northup
Chiwetel Ejiofor: The Lynching and the Whipping
Michael Fassbender on Mr. Epps
Lupita Nyong'o on Patsey
Benedict Cumberbatch on William Ford
The Supporting Cast
Recreating Louisiana's Slave Plantations
Joe Walker on the Editing
Hans Zimmer on the Score
Additional Historical Background
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 GD's; many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Non-sexual nudity; rape and sexual situations without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Brutal beatings, whippings,
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Fairly frequent alcohol.
ACTION: Some foot chasing.
COMEDY: None.
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Critic's Review Heading

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good '12 Years a Slave' is a somber, meditative, almost poetic film that delivers the horrors of bondage stripped down and head-on.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Excellent A masterpiece of form, content, emotion and performance.

NY Post Full Review
Excellent '12 Years a Slave,' a brutally powerful and emotionally devastating film that takes great pains to rip any lingering vestiges of romanticism from America's most shameful institution.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 67 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
2
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
21
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
37
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 67 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, enjoyed "12 Years a Slave," very much with most loving it. Only a relatively small number of adult males, and even fewer adult females, rated it as low as "Good/Average." Even the professional movie critics rated it very high. If this looks like a movie you would enjoy, by all means, GO SEE "12 YEARS A SLAVE."

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