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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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Beauty, meet Suffering. Now fight.

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5.0

96 out of 100 Metascore®

Universal acclaim

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For Families

14

Pause for kids 14 & under

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