About

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 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 will forever alter his life.

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Directed by

Steve McQueen

Written by

John Ridley (Screenplay)
Solomon Northup (Novel)

Runtime

134 minutes

Country

United States of America, United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup

Cast

Keywords

19th century slavery american history plantation based on memoir or autobiography physical abuse slave owner black slave abolitionist violin player sold into slavery abuse of power

Photos

Lists

#199 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#119 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#12 on The 50 best films of the decade so far The Dissolve

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Lupita Nyong'o

Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay John Ridley

Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year Brad Pitt Steve McQueen Dede Gardner Jeremy Kleiner Anthony Katagas

Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Michael Fassbender