12 Years a SlaveDirector: Steve McQueen
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 recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation. Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.
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- Original Release:
- 20TH CENTURY FOX
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- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Jean A. Black||Makeup|
|Sean Bobbitt||Camera Operator,Cinematographer|
|Andrée Fortier||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Henry Louis Gates||Consultant/advisor|
|Matthew Gatlin||Set Decoration/Design|
|Pat Norris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Ridley||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Tessa Ross||Executive Producer|
|Walter Schneider||Set Decoration/Design|
|Leslie Shatz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Carl Sprague||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Stein||Art Director|
|Bianca Stigter||Associate Producer|
|Adam Stockhausen||Production Designer|
|Doug Torres||Asst. Director|
|Jim Wallis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hans Zimmer||Score Composer|
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A powerful story and a beautiful film! It was absolutely worthy of the Oscar it received.
I purchased this film without having seen it because I'd heard so many flattering things. At the risk of upsetting those who love this film I have to say that while it was a decently made film and opened the eyes to what slavery really involved I'm still not sure that it was worthy of a Best Picture Oscar. I've watched it several times and it was a moving experience but somehow I always hear myself saying "that was it?" at the end of the film. I enjoyed this film and have no desire to detract from it's merits but I remain unchanged with regard to it's Oscar worthiness.
Excellent. Easily one of the finest films ever made. Lupita Nyong'o Ocar win was inevitable. Perhaps the best performance by an actress in history.