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12 Years a Slave

In the mid 1800s, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free man of color living in the Northern United States. Then he was kidnapped, sold in the South and remained 12 Years a Slave. This movie is based on his true story. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 134
Theater Release: 13 Dec 2013
Video Release: 04 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: R
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12 Years a Slave is rated R: for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.

Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth Williams
Studio: 2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures
Website: Official site for 12 Years a Slave.

Detailed Review

Release Date: 18 October 2013 (Limited)

African-American director Steve McQueen had a difficult task in making 12 Years A Slave. Somehow he needed to create a film that accurately told… 
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Why Is 12 Years a Slave Rated R?

Enduring physical and psychological torture, it is only Solomon Northup’s determination and undiminished hope of… 
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Talk It Over

Aside from obvious discussions on the history of slavery in America, parents will also want… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

The TV Mini series Roots chronicles the many generations of slavery one family… 
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