12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave Synopsis

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, 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.

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12 Years a Slave Blu-ray and DVD Debuts March 4th

12 Years a Slave Blu-ray and DVD Debuts March 4th

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in his Oscar-nominated role as a free New York man sold into slavery in the year 1841.
Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie for Top Honors at 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie for Top Honors at 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards

The Unprecedented tie is the first in the award's history. Other big winners include We Steal Secrets and Behind the Candelabra.
Fox Searchlight to Re-Release 12 Years a Slave This January

Fox Searchlight to Re-Release 12 Years a Slave This January

Director Steve McQueen's critically-acclaimed drama returns in select cities January 17th. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a free man sold into slavery.
12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Director's Vision'

12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Director's Vision'

Filmmaker Steve McQueen explains what drew him into this true story of Solomon Northup. The critically-acclaimed drama expands into more cities October 25.
12 Years a Slave Featurette 'Becoming Solomon Northup'

12 Years a Slave Featurette 'Becoming Solomon Northup'

Chiwetel Ejiofor shares how he prepared for his intense role in this true story. Watch as one man fights for survival and freedom.
12 Years a Slave Clip 'I Want to Live'

12 Years a Slave Clip 'I Want to Live'

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams and Chris Chalk discuss survival on the plantation. Steve McQueen's drama hits theaters October 18th
12 Years a Slave TV Spot 'Fight Back'

12 Years a Slave TV Spot 'Fight Back'

A free man is abducted and sold into slavery in this true-life drama starring Brad Pitt. In theaters everywhere October 18th.
12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Portrait of Solomon Northup'

12 Years a Slave Featurette 'A Portrait of Solomon Northup'

Director Steve McQueen, producer Dede Gardner and star Chiwetel Ejiofor break down the true story behind this upcoming drama.
12 Years a Slave Trailer

12 Years a Slave Trailer

The first poster has debuted for director Steve McQueen's drama about a free man sold into slavery, in theaters October 18th.
Six Twelve Years a Slave Photos with Benedict Cumberbatch

Six Twelve Years a Slave Photos with Benedict Cumberbatch

Steve McQueen directs this drama about a free black man, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Michael Kenneth Williams Boards 12 Years a Slave

Michael Kenneth Williams Boards 12 Years a Slave

The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen's mid-1800's drama.
Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson Join 12 Years a Slave

Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson Join 12 Years a Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a New York man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s.
Benedict Cumberbatch Joins 12 Years a Slave

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins 12 Years a Slave

The Sherlock star joins Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Paul Dano in the drama.
Michael Fassbender Joins 12 Years a Slave

Michael Fassbender Joins 12 Years a Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in Steve McQueen's 1840s drama about a New York man who is sold into slavery.
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