12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

DVD - 2014
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The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 TWE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd, col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Twelve years a slave


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SPL_Robyn Dec 28, 2017

Paper vs Plastic 2017 comment:
I liked the characters and story better in paper and the mood better in the movie. I would read / watch a similar story.
"The book tells a very detailed and moving story of the injustices suffered by African Americans in the southern states. The movie is visually detailed and moving but lacks much of the story detail and so is not as good in telling the complete story."

Dec 28, 2017

BORING. I can't believe this got good reviews.

Dec 28, 2017

Well acted but rather boring.

Dec 04, 2017

It is an understatement to say this is one of the greatest films ever made. Makes you ashamed to be a white American. Absolutely unsurpassed. Must see. Although minor, it is in my opinion Brad Pitt's best performance. If this movie doesn't want to make you want to cry, then nothing will.

Nov 19, 2017

Devastated. It's a good thing I didn't see this at the movie house, I would have had to walk out from sobbing beyond any movie I've ever seen. If this doesn't move you to compassion for your fellow human beings, goddamn it, then nothing will. This movie only certified me to always Do the Right Thing. There's no air in watching. I had a dismal face the length of the movie. I only waited for the next shoe to drop. It's horrendous. But perhaps you too, if you come out the other side, perhaps it will change your mind to equate yourself an equal to all fellow humans.

The United States has Blood on its Hands. From the Native Americans to African Americans. Dear God, when will we get right?

Oct 28, 2017

I have tried t watch this movie twice. It is too heartbreaking for me. Human beings should not be treated the way slaves were treated. There should be NO slaves, ever!

Sep 12, 2017

The movie is well-acted, and conveys the brutality of plantation life, while showing the human qualities of the people Solomon Northrup knew. If you are alive today, this movie will best convey the conditions and attitudes of Antebellum America, for modern audiences.

JCLBrentW Jul 18, 2017

Highly recommended. Devastating and eloquent. I saw this twice in the theater.

Jun 20, 2017

The subject matter is an important, yet shameful part of American history, so I wanted to like this movie. But I found it long and dull. I ended up fast forwarding through the last quarter of the movie.

Mar 26, 2017

This is an incredibly difficult movie to watch. We cannot discuss American history or worry about 'Making America Great Again' if slavery is part of American history. This movie proves that America was never great for many in this country.

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Aug 03, 2014

Sexual Content: Sex and nudity

Aug 03, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Whipping, thick scars, blood

Aug 03, 2014

Violence: Very violent


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aaa5756 Jul 13, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Jul 13, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

May 15, 2014

from IMDb: Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a xyzger, but begging the law's pardon... it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?

Edwin Epps: Ha!

Bass: Suppose!

Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.

Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.


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