12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie poster and book cover compared.

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen, 2013

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Twelve Years a Slave
Solomon Northup, 1853

12 Years a Slave is a movie directed by Steve McQueen in 2013 and based on the book Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, first published in 1853. The movie features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt, Ashley Dyke, Kelsey Scott, and others.

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RATING

8.1

/ 10

Movie Poster: 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

8.3

/ 10

Book Cover: Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup, 1853)

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AUDIOBOOK

Audiobook cover of Twelve Years a Slave, the 1853 book by Solomon Northup.

Twelve Years a Slave

Read by: Hugh Quarshie

Storyline

Solomon Northup is a free African-American man in 1841, working as a violinist and living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York. Two white men, Brown and Hamilton, offer him short-term employment as a musician if he will travel with them to Washington, D.C.; however, once they have arrived, they drug Northup and deliver him to a slave pen run by a man named Burch.

Movie vs Book

Poster of 12 Years a Slave, the 2013 movie by Steve McQueen

Year

2013

Minutes

134

Movie Rate

8.10

Source: IMDb

Movie

12 Years a Slave

Country: USA

Year: 2013

Length: 2h14m

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Cover of Twelve Years a Slave, the 1853 book by Solomon Northup

Year

1853

Pages

363

Book Rate

8.38

S: Goodreads

Book

Twelve Years a Slave

Country: USA

First published in: 1853

Length: 363 pages

Genre: Biography

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