American Playhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984) Movie poster and book cover compared.

American Playhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyssey

Gordon Parks, 1984

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Twelve Years a Slave
Solomon Northup, 1853

American Playhouse: Solomon Northup’s Odyssey is a movie directed by Gordon Parks in 1984 and based on the book Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, first published in 1853. The movie features Avery Brooks and Rhetta Greene.

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7.6

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Movie Poster: American Playhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyssey (Gordon Parks, 1984)

8.3

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

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

Twelve Years a Slave

Read by: Hugh Quarshie

Storyline

Solomon Northup’s Odyssey is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man in Saratoga, New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup was intelligent, skilled in carpentry, and was able to play music. He was enslaved in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before he was released.

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Movie vs Book

Poster of American Playhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyssey, the 1984 movie by Gordon Parks

Year

1984

Minutes

115

Movie Rate

7.60

Source: IMDb

Movie

American Playhouse: Solomon Northup's Odyssey

Country: USA

Year: 1984

Length: 1h55m

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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Other screen adaptations of the book

Movie poster
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Movie by Steve McQueen

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