12 Years A Slave

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
12 Years A Slave
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 Fassbender, 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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE T
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
widescreen (2.40:1), 24 fps, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Additional Contributors: McQueen, Steve 1969-, film director, film producer
Ridley, John 1965-, screenwriter, film producer
Pitt, Brad 1963-, film producer, actor
Gardner, Dede film producer
Kleiner, Jeremy film producer
Pohlad, William film producer
Milchan, Arnon film producer
Katagas, Anthony film producer
Ross, Tessa film producer
Ejiofor, Chiwetel 1977-, Actor
Fassbender, Michael 1977-, Actor
Cumberbatch, Benedict 1976-, Actor
Dano, Paul 1984-, Actor
Dillahunt, Garret 1964-, Actor
Giamatti, Paul Actor
McNairy, Scoot Actor
Nyong'o, Lupita Actor
Oduye, Adepero Actor
Paulson, Sarah 1974-, Actor
Williams, Michael Kenneth Actor
Woodard, Alfre 1953-, Actor
Chalk, Chris (Christopher Eugene), Actor
Bobbitt, Sean director of photography
Stockhausen, Adam production designer
Walker, Joe editor of moving image work
Norris, Patricia Costume designer
Zimmer, Hans composer (expression)
Northup, Solomon (Twelve years a slave) 1808-1863?
Fox Searchlight Pictures production company
Regency Enterprises presenter
River Road Entertainment (Firm) presenter, production company
Plan B (Firm) production company
New Regency (Firm) production company
FilmFour (Firm) production company
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc. film distributor
Alternate Title: Twelve years a slave


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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender

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Jan 20, 2015
  • Madreley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie, painful to watch at times due to the brutality carried out on slaves in the mid 1800's that is portrayed in the movie. Good acting.

A very sad story with a happy ending. Makes you appreciate your freedom to come and go as one pleases.

I stayed away from this movie for a while because of its reported violence. But I ended up picking it up, and instead saw a beautifully made film that depicts the Old South as it was, and the tragedy that was the barbaric custom of slavery. Highly recommended.

Jan 09, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A true story in which Dick Cheneny's family played a piviltol role. It turns-out that the Cheneys are murderous bitches. These mass-murderers that need exceptional scrutiny as they are guilty of sodomy, rape, other unspecified homosexual horrors.

Dec 05, 2014
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film was well done, and the difficult subject matter to portray on film was successful due to the great acting cast and director. I did not read the book, but other nonfiction books I have read on this subject matter makes this movie authentic but a lighter version of slavery; yet, appropriate enough for a mass audience of adults. (I saw this film first in the movie theater, and I am glad that the library carries it in DVD form.) I wondered if Chiwetel would have had several martial art blackbelt degrees, if he would have become enslaved--I found this film taught the importance of self-defense such as martial arts. The disgusting nature of slavery does come out in this excellent film.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Smurfs100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. And emotional movie

Nov 20, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Having just finished reading the book, I was all too aware of the changes made for this film adaptation. I prefer Northup’s written account.

Nov 03, 2014
  • strider643 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful and moving film. Highly recommend. Realistically demonstrates the potential depravity of man.

Nov 03, 2014
  • duane767 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's not too often that such a beautifully shot movie is also full of painfully brutal and barbaric situations as this one is. And I assume that all of what I'm seen in this movie is true?? Mankind just knows so many ways to be cruel to itself and to people who should be considered and valued instead of dehumanized and abused.

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".

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Dec 08, 2014
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Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 18, 2014
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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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