Directed By
Steve McQueen
Produced By
  • Dede Gardner
  • Anthony Katagas
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Steve McQueen
  • Arnon Milchan
  • Brad Pitt
  • Bill Pohlad
Written By
  • John Ridley (screenplay)
  • Solomon Northup (autobiography)
Based on
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Brad Pitt
  • Paul Giamatti
Edited By
Joe Walker
Sean Bobbitt
Music By
Hans Zimmer
  • Regency Enterprises
  • Film4
  • River Road Entertainment
  • Plan B Entertainment
Distributed By
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (US)
  • Summit Entertainment (International)
  • Film4/Channel 4/eOne UK (UK)
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Release Date
  • August 30, 2013 (Telluride Film Festival)
  • October 18, 2013 (United States, limited)
  • January 24, 2014 (United Kingdom)
134 minutes
Rating R

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.


Solomon Northup was a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841. He was then sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War.

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  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup
  • Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey
  • Sarah Paulson as Mary Epps
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as William Ford
  • Brad Pitt as Samuel Bass
  • Paul Dano as John Tibeats
  • Adepero Oduye as Eliza
  • Paul Giamatti as Theophilus Freeman
  • Garret Dillahunt as Armsby
  • Scoot McNairy as Brown
  • Taran Killam as Hamilton
  • Chris Chalk as Clemens Ray
  • Michael K. Williams as Robert
  • Kelsey Scott as Anne Northup
  • Quvenzhané Wallis as Margaret Northup
  • Devyn A. Tyler as Adult Margaret Northup
  • Cameron Zeigler as Alonzo Northup
  • Rob Steinberg as Parker
  • Jay Huguley as Sheriff Villiere
  • Alfre Woodard as Mistress Harriet Shaw
  • Christopher Berry as James Burch
  • Bryan Batt as Judge Turner
  • Bill Camp as Radburn
  • Dwight Henry as Uncle Abram
  • Ruth Negga as Celeste

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