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12 Years a Slave

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Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who...more

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3.5

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5.0

97 out of 100 Metascore®

Universal acclaim

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14

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12 Years a Slave by joycehannula
This is a powerful story of a free man who is captured and sold into slavery. He is moved from owner to owner, some more just than others. Beautifully...

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Absolutley is movie of the year ! by baileybar
Heart wrenching and emotional this absolutely deserved the Oscar for movie of the year. The acting was superb by all the actors. Hard to watch, but a history...

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