Twelve Years a Slave Solomon: Northup's Odyssey

Twelve Years a Slave Solomon: Northup's Odyssey

Director: Gordon Parks

Cast: Gordon Parks, Mason Adams, Avery Brooks, Rhetta Greene

     
 
Half Slave, Half Free is the reissue title for African-American director Gordon Parks' TV movie Solomon Northup's Odyssey. Based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave, the film relates the story of Solomon Northup, a black freedman who, in 1841, was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Avery Brooks stars as Northup, having spent

Overview

Half Slave, Half Free is the reissue title for African-American director Gordon Parks' TV movie Solomon Northup's Odyssey. Based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave, the film relates the story of Solomon Northup, a black freedman who, in 1841, was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Avery Brooks stars as Northup, having spent a dozen years' servitude in Louisiana before managing his escape. Northup's own written words bespeak a rebellious spirit not far removed from the firebrand freedom fighters of the '60s. Curiously, director Parks downplays this in favor of sentimentality. Under its original title, Half Slave, Half Free was originally telecast December 10, 1984, on PBS.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2005
UPC:
0012233397628
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Monterey Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
14,160

Special Features

Actor profiles; Gordon Parks' bio; Story background; Original press; Discussion topics

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Solomon [10:21]
2. Kidnapped [15:08]
3. Sold [13:57]
4. The Letter [5:34]
5. The Challenge [8:46]
6. Hire Out [9:31]
7. A New Master [8:17]
8. Eliza [13:06]
9. A Friend [10:30]
10. A Slow Death [4:47]
11. Free at Last [15:35]

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