12 Years a Slave

The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup


12 Years a Slave
Set in the 1850's in America, and based on a true story, this film has won high praise in spite of having some scenes that are ''difficult to watch''. A free black man agrees to join a travelling show, but is instead abducted, stripped of his identity, and sold into slavery. The next twelve years are extremely harrowing for him and his fellow slaves, as he seeks a way to regain his freedom without getting killed in the process.

134 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Violence, Prejudice).
Biographical, Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson
Director
Steve McQueen
ScreenplayJohn Ridley, from the book by Solomon Northup
MusicHans Zimmer
CinematographySean Bobbitt
EditingJoe Walker
Sound formatsDolby
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2013
Produced byRegency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Film4

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreBiography
LanguageModerate impact
NudityFull frontal both male and female, non-sexual context, brief
SexModerate to strong, implied, infrequent
ViolenceFrequent, very strong, physical, psychological, intense, realistic, prolonged, graphic, gory
PrejudiceFrequent, very strong scenes of racism and discrimination against black people
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSome alcohol use (in context)
CommentsComplex and mature and very strong impact.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
2
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
5
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
14 +
Positive messages
4
Positive role models
3
Violence
3
Sex
3
Language
3
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Ann Hornaday quote iconUnflinching look at humanity
15
Die Burger
Riëtte Grobler quote iconRealisme tref soos vuishou in die maag
15
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconFinding freedom
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconThis should be one of the top Oscar contenders of the year. Just be prepared for moments that will likely be seared into your mind and soul for some time. 12 Years a Slave comes off somewhat like Schindler's List in that its excellent but you might not ever want to watch it again.
16
Metacritic.com
48 critics
19
Rottentomatoes critics
238 critics
18
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconIt's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
19
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
18
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation
15

What the People say

Internet
40981 Netizens quote iconAbducted to a Southern hell
17

Average .. 84%

17

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