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12 Years a Slave (2013)

  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 9,553 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History
  • Release Date: 8 November 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 134 min
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12 Years a Slave (2013)

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  • IMDb page: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 9,553 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History
  • Release Date: 8 November 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 134 min
  • Filming Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Gross: $24,853,491 (USA) (15 November 2013)
  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Hans Zimmer   
  • Soundtrack: Roll Jordan Roll
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Sold Into Slavery | New York | Slavery | Slave | Jealousy

Writing Credits By:

  • John Ridley (screenplay by)
  • Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)

Known Trivia

  • This purported nonfiction story, based on a memoir written in 1853, was also the source for the 1984 made-for-TV movie, American Playhouse: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, which starred Avery Brooks. 6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • This is the third film collaboration of Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. They previously both appeared in Inglourious Basterds and The Counselor. 4 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • This movie marks the reuniting of Dwight Henry and Quvenzhan√© Wallis, both from Louisiana, where the film was shot, who had been acclaimed just months before for their first acting roles when they costarred in Beasts of the Southern Wild. 3 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Taran Killam often impersonates Brad Pitt on Saturday Night Live. Though both actors appear in this film, they never met nor worked together in it. Pitt’s Plan B company produced the movie, and Pitt’s role was only a small one. 3 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Of the seven titles directed by Steve McQueen through July 2013, this movie is the first which does not have a one-word title. 2 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • 12 Years a Slave winner of the ADAM, UPC Audience Award at Amsterdam Film Week 2013. 1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Anachronisms: In one scene there are water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), an invasive aquatic plant native to South America, floating in the swamp. Water hyacinth were not introduced to North America until 1884, when they were exhibited (and subsequently released) during the World's Fair which took place in New Orleans. The location of the fair is now the site of Audubon Park.

Plot: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Full summary » |  »

Story: Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. Written byFox Searchlight

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Dede Gardner known as producer
  • Anthony Katagas known as producer
  • Jeremy Kleiner known as producer
  • Steve McQueen known as producer
  • Arnon Milchan known as producer
  • Brad Pitt known as producer
  • Bill Pohlad known as producer
  • John Ridley known as executive producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor known as Solomon Northup
  • Dwight Henry known as Uncle Abram
  • Dickie Gravois known as Overseer
  • Bryan Batt known as Judge Turner
  • Ashley Dyke known as Anna
  • Kelsey Scott known as Anne Northup
  • Quvenzhané Wallis known as Margaret Northup
  • Cameron Zeigler known as Alonzo Northup
  • Tony Bentley known as Mr. Moon
  • Scoot McNairy known as Brown
  • Taran Killam known as Hamilton
  • Christopher Berry known as Burch
  • Bill Camp known as Radburn
  • Mister Mackey Jr. known as Randall
  • Chris Chalk known as Clemens
  • Craig Tate known as John
  • Adepero Oduye known as Eliza
  • Storm Reid known as Emily
  • Tom Proctor known as Biddee
  • Marc Macaulay known as Captain
  • Vivian Fleming-Alvarez known as Mulatto Woman
  • Michael K. Williams known as Robert (as Michael Kenneth Williams)
  • Douglas M. Griffin known as Sailor
  • John McConnell known as Jonus Ray
  • Marcus Lyle Brown known as Jasper
  • Richard Holden known as Fitzgerald
  • Rob Steinberg known as Parker
  • Paul Giamatti known as Freeman
  • Anwan Glover known as Cape
  • Benedict Cumberbatch known as Ford
  • James C. Victor known as Buyer (as J.C. Victor)
  • Liza J. Bennett known as Mistress Ford
  • Nicole Collins known as Rachel
  • J.D. Evermore known as Chapin
  • Paul Dano known as Tibeats
  • Michael Fassbender known as Edwin Epps
  • Sarah Paulson known as Mistress Epps
  • Lupita Nyong'o known as Patsey
  • Andy Dylan known as Treach
  • Deneen Tyler known as Phebe
  • Mustafa Harris known as Sam
  • Gregory Bright known as Edward
  • Austin Purnell known as Bob
  • Thomas Francis Murphy known as Patroller
  • Andre De'Sean Shanks known as Victim #1 (as Andre Shanks)
  • Kelvin Harrison known as Victim #2 (as Kelvin Harrison)
  • Scott Michael Jefferson known as Master Shaw (as Scott M. Jefferson)
  • Alfre Woodard known as Mistress Shaw
  • Isaiah Jackson known as Zachary
  • Garret Dillahunt known as Armsby
  • Topsy Chapman known as Slave Spiritual Singer #1
  • Devin Maurice Evans known as Slave Spiritual Singer #2
  • Brad Pitt known as Bass
  • Jay Huguley known as Sheriff
  • Devyn A. Tyler known as Margaret Northup (adult)
  • Willo Jean-Baptiste known as Margaret's Husband
  • Jason Ament known as Cooke (uncredited)
  • Jon Arthur known as Steamboat Crew 1st Mate (uncredited)
  • Sean Paul Braud known as Lynchman (uncredited)
  • Blake Burt known as Upper Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Carroll Burt known as Lower Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Joseph Randy Causin known as Steamboat Crew (uncredited)
  • Haylie Creppel known as Child in the Park (uncredited)
  • Gio Dangadze known as Mickey (uncredited)
  • Justin Edward Davis known as Saratoga Park Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Jim Gunter known as Steamboat Crew 2nd Mate (uncredited)
  • Emily D. Haley known as Tea Seller (uncredited)
  • Jim Johnson known as Lower Class Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mark Joyce known as Street Merchant (uncredited)
  • John C. Klein known as Lumber Mill Customer (uncredited)
  • Cynthia LeBlanc known as Washington D.C. Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Elton LeBlanc known as Hotel Dining Patron (uncredited)
  • Gerard 'Jerry' Lewis known as Slave Guard (uncredited)
  • Kevonte Mcdonald known as Slave (uncredited)
  • Ritchie Montgomery known as Roadman (uncredited)
  • Myesha-Tiara known as Edwin Epps's Slave (uncredited)
  • Ruth Negga known as Celeste (uncredited)
  • Jason Owen known as Safty (uncredited)
  • Shawn Parsons known as Road Man (uncredited)
  • Haley Powell known as Slave Girl (uncredited)
  • Wayne Pére known as Winslow (uncredited)
  • Erin Rementer known as Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
  • Andre Robinson known as Slave Boy (uncredited)
  • Corrina Roshea known as Slave Buyer (uncredited)
  • Jarett Shorts known as Hornboy (uncredited)
  • Chaz Smith known as Cigar Smoker (uncredited)
  • Tyler Soerries known as Boy Playing in Park (uncredited)
  • Tre Tureaud known as Saratoga Park Pedestrians (uncredited)
  • Justin Christopher Vaughn known as Ezra (uncredited)
  • Bob Walker known as Abolitionist Landowner (uncredited)
  • Caroline Grace Williamson known as Ford Daughter (uncredited)
  • Timothy Wyant known as Ford Lumber Buyer (uncredited)
  • Rosé Belara Young known as Lethe (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as makeup department head
  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as makeup designer
  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as special makeup effects artist
  • Gloria Belz known as additional makeup artist
  • Nikki I Brown known as makeup artist
  • Nana Fischer known as hair and makeup designer for Michael Fassbender
  • Nana Fischer known as personal makeup artist to Michael Fassbender
  • Marcos Gonzales known as hair additional
  • LaToya Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Stacey Herbert known as makeup artist
  • Jack Lazzaro known as makeup artist
  • Adruitha Lee known as department head hair
  • Adruitha Lee known as wigs/hair designer
  • Nick London known as key makeup artist
  • Yolanda Mercadel known as hair stylist
  • Caitlin Murphy Miles known as makeup artist
  • Erin Moreau known as additional hairstylist
  • Kat Percy known as hair stylist (as Katherine G. Percy)
  • LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin known as makeup artist
  • Cynthia Welcome known as assistant hair stylist
  • Amy Wood known as key hair stylist
  • Rena Grady known as personal makeup artist: Brad Pitt (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Jason Allard known as propmaker foreman
  • Michael Arena known as greensman
  • Melanie Aymami known as painter
  • Brian Babineaux known as painter
  • Jill Broadfoot known as set decoration buyer
  • David Henry Buck known as construction foreman
  • William Burck known as set dresser
  • Doug Cluff known as charge scenic artist
  • Carl Counts known as art department coordinator
  • Will Eastin known as graphic designer
  • Jude Erny known as sign painter
  • Brian Freeman known as carpenter
  • Matthew Gatlin known as set designer
  • Paul Giglione known as painter
  • Michael A. Johnson known as leadman
  • Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones known as scenic artist
  • Joie Todd Kerns known as set dresser
  • Daniel E. Kiker known as painter
  • Thomas Knight known as set dresser
  • Heather Korman known as property assistant
  • Kevin C. Lang known as set dresser
  • Erik Malkovich known as set dresser
  • Michael S. Martin known as property master
  • Wesley McMurrian known as set dresser
  • Dudley Merritt known as construction foreman
  • Robert J. Moore Jr. known as set dresser
  • Siobhan O'Brien known as set dresser
  • Marybeth O'Connor known as set dresser
  • Jared Pendergrass known as additional property
  • Alixandra Petrovich known as on set dresser
  • Brad Quintana known as painter
  • David Rotondo known as construction coordinator
  • Walter Schneider known as set designer
  • Tom Sola known as general foreman
  • Carl Sprague known as concept illustrator
  • Victoria St. Pierre known as on set painter
  • Gordon Thomas known as set dresser
  • Erik van Haaren known as carpenter
  • Leia Verner known as art department assistant
  • Jim Wallis known as set designer
  • Taylor Weeks known as scenic foreman
  • Stephanie Wittmann known as art department assistant




Production Companies:

  • Regency Enterprises (presents) (A Film by Steve McQueen)
  • River Road Entertainment (presents)
  • Plan B Entertainment (as Plan B)
  • New Regency Pictures (as New Regency)
  • Film4 (in association with)
  • Regency Enterprises

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by
  • American Roadshow Motion Picture And Television Catering  catering company (Reshoots)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  digital dailies and grading
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  hd telecine dailies transfer
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  internet dailies
  • Columbia Records  soundtrack
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Event Restroom  restrooms
  • Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger  production legal
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Light Stepper Service  vehicle fleet maintenance
  • Method Design  end crawl
  • New Regency Pictures  funding
  • Silver Screen Supply  location equipment/rentals
  • Silver Screen Supply  production supplies
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Video Ninjas  video assist
  • Wildfire Studios  Editorial Facility
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production facilities
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services


  • 20th Century Fox (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical) (all media)
  • Independent Films (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Mars Distribution (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • TOBIS Film (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2013) (Spain) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2013) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2013) (worldwide) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Crafty Apes (visual effects)
  • Wildfire Visual Effects

Visual Effects by:

  • Anthony S. Castro known as digital compositor: matte painter
  • Andrey Drogobetski known as lead compositor
  • Victor Manuel Fernandez known as compositor
  • Rocco Gioffre known as lead matte artist
  • Elbert Irving IV known as visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
  • Chris LeDoux known as digital effects supervisor: Crafty Apes
  • Mark LeDoux known as digital compositor: Crafty Apes
  • Katie McCall known as visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
  • Lauren Ritchie known as visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
  • Jason Sanford known as visual effects producer: Crafty Apes
  • Dottie Starling known as visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
  • Andrew Stillinger known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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