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12 years a slave / Fox Searchlight Pictures ; directed by Steve McQueen ; screenplay by John Ridley ; produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner ; produced by Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas ; executive producers, Tessa Ross, John Ridley ; Regency Enterprises and River Road Entertainment present a River Road, Plan B, and New Regency production ; in association with Film4 ; a film by Steve McQueen.

McQueen, Steve, 1969- (Added Author). Ridley, John, 1965- (Added Author). Pitt, Brad, 1963- actor. (Added Author). Gardner, Dede. (Added Author). Giamatti, Paul, actor. (Added Author). Ejiofor, Chiwetel, 1974- actor. (Added Author). Kleiner, Jeremy. (Added Author). Pohlad, William. (Added Author). Milchan, Arnon. (Added Author). Katagas, Anthony. (Added Author). Ross, Tessa. (Added Author). Fassbender, Michael, 1977- (Added Author). Cumberbatch, Benedict, 1976- (Added Author). Dano, Paul, 1984- (Added Author). Dillahunt, Garret, 1964- (Added Author). McNairy, Scoot. (Added Author). Nyong'o, Lupita. (Added Author). Oduye, Adepero. (Added Author). Paulson, Sarah, 1974- (Added Author). Williams, Michael Kenneth. (Added Author). Woodard, Alfre, 1953- (Added Author). Chalk, Chris, (Christopher Eugene) (Added Author). Bobbitt, Sean. (Added Author). Stockhausen, Adam. (Added Author). Walker, Joe. (Added Author). Norris, Patricia. (Added Author). Zimmer, Hans. (Added Author). Northrup, Solomon, 1808-1863 Twelve years a slave. (Added Author). Fox Searchlight Pictures. (Added Author). Regency Enterprises. (Added Author). River Road Entertainment (Firm) (Added Author). Plan B (Firm) (Added Author). New Regency (Firm) (Added Author). FilmFour (Firm) (Added Author). Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc. (Added Author).
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  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (134 minutes) : sound, color ; 12 cm
  • Distributor: Los Angeles, California : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2014]

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General Note: Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Based on the book Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup.
Extras: The team; The score; Sneak peek.
Creation/Production Credits Note: Director of photography, Sean Bobbitt ; production designer, Adam Stockhausen ; editor, Joe Walker ; costume designer, Patricia Norris ; music by Hans Zimmer.
Participant or Performer Note: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R; for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.
System Details Note: DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0.
Language Note: In English (Dolby Digital 5.1), optional dubbed Spanish or dubbed French (surround Dolby Digital 2.0); optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (5.1).
Awards Note: Academy Awards, 2014: Best motion picture.
Subject: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863? > Film adaptations.
Slaves > United States > Drama.
African Americans > Drama.
Plantation life > Louisiana > History > 19th century > Drama.
Slavery > Louisiana > History > 19th century > Drama.
Kidnapping > United States > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Historical films.
Biographical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.

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