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"12 Years a Slave"

Screenplay | Script

Written By: John Ridley

Final Shooting Script | 01.24.2013

November 8, 2013 | Twentieth Century Fox

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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 will forever alter his life.

There are some whose tracks the hounds will refuse to follow.

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John Ridley is a producer and writer known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), American Crime (2015-2017), Three Kings (1999), Undercover Brother (2002).

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Notable Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Solomon Northup
Dwight Henry Dwight Henry ... Uncle Abram
Dickie Gravois Dickie Gravois ... Overseer
Bryan Batt Bryan Batt ... Judge Turner
Ashley Dyke Ashley Dyke ... Anna
Kelsey Scott Kelsey Scott ... Anne Northup
Gerry Lopez Quvenzhané Wallis ... Margaret Northup
Cameron Zeigler Cameron Zeigler ... Alonzo Northup
Tony Bentley Tony Bentley ... Mr. Moon
Scoot McNairy Scoot McNairy ... Brown
Taran Killam Taran Killam ... Hamilton
Christopher Berry Christopher Berry ... Burch
Bill Camp Bill Camp ... Radburn
Mister Mackey Jr. Mister Mackey Jr. ... Randall
Chris Chalk Chris Chalk ... Clemens
Craig Tate Craig Tate ... John
Adepero Oduye Adepero Oduye ... Eliza
Storm Reid Storm Reid ... Emily
Tom Proctor Tom Proctor ... Biddee
Marc Macaulay Marc Macaulay ... Captain
Vivian Fleming-Alvarez Vivian Fleming-Alvarez ... Mulatto Woman
Michael Kenneth Williams Michael Kenneth Williams ... Robert
Douglas M. Griffin Douglas M. Griffin ... Sailor
John McConnell John McConnell ... Jonus Ray
Marcus Lyle Brown Marcus Lyle Brown ... Jasper
Richard Holden Richard Holden ... Fitzgerald
Rob_Steinberg Rob Steinberg ... Parker
Paul Giamatti Paul Giamatti ... Freeman
Anwan Glover Anwan Glover ... Cape
Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch ... Ford
James C. Victor James C. Victor ... Buyer
Liza J. Bennett Liza J. Bennett ... Mistress Ford
Nicole Collins Nicole Collins ... Rachel
J.D. Evermore J.D. Evermore ... Chapin
Paul Dano Paul Dano ... Tibeats
Michael Fassbender Michael Fassbender ... Edwin Epps
Sarah Paulson Sarah Paulson ... Mistress Epps
Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o ... Patsey
Andy Dylan Andy Dylan ... Treach
Deneen Tyler Deneen Tyler ... Phebe


Notable Wins
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt ... Best Motion Picture of the Year
John Ridley ... Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Lupita Nyong'o ... Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Box Office

(2013) U.S. Dollars
Opening weekend...$923,715
Gross (US & Canada)...$56,671,993
Gross (World)...$187,733,202


U.S. Version


Additional Content
Cast Photos ... IMDb
Box Office ... IMDb Pro
Poster ... 20th Century Studios
Awards ... The 86th Academy Awards (2014)
Studio ... 20th Century Studios

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