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Summary: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Directed By: Steve McQueen

Written By: John Ridley

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Awards & Rankings

Winner BAFTA Awards, 2014 Best Film
Winner Academy Awards, USA, 2014 Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay - John Ridley
Winner Academy Awards, USA, 2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong'o
Winner Academy Awards, USA, 2014 Best Motion Picture of the Year
Metacritic's #1 Best Movie of 2013 See More Rankings
Metacritic's #17 Most Discussed Movie of 2013 See More Rankings
Metacritic's #23 Most Shared Movie of 2013 See More Rankings

FAQs

Who plays Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave? Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave.

Who plays Patsey in 12 Years A Slave? Lupita Nyong'o plays as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.

Who plays Edwin Epps in 12 Years A Slave? Michael Fassbender plays as Edwin Epps in 12 Years A Slave.

Who plays Mistress Harriet Shaw in 12 Years A Slave? Alfre Woodard plays as Mistress Harriet Shaw in 12 Years A Slave.

Who plays William Ford in 12 Years A Slave? Benedict Cumberbatch plays as William Ford in 12 Years A Slave.

Where was 12 Years A Slave filmed? 12 Years A Slave was filmed in the following locations: Felicity Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana, USA and St. Joseph Plantation, Louisiana, USA

Where can I watch 12 Years A Slave? You can watch 12 Years A Slave for free with a subscription to HBO Max, or you can buy/rent it on Apple iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or Vudu.

When was 12 Years A Slave released? 12 Years A Slave was released on October 18, 2013.

What is the MPAA rating for 12 Years A Slave? 12 Years A Slave is rated R.

What is 12 Years A Slave about? In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

How long is 12 Years A Slave? 12 Years A Slave is 134 minutes long.

Box Office

Domestic $56,671,993
Worldwide $187,733,202

Details

Tags
  • slavery
  • kidnapping
  • survival
  • racism
  • cruelty
  • hope
  • true story
  • free
Release Date October 18, 2013
Country
  • USA
Languages
  • English
Filming Locations
  • Felicity Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana, USA and St. Joseph Plantation, Louisiana, USA
Production Company
  • Summit Entertainment