Solomon Northup's Odyssey

(1984)

12 Years a Slave

also known as: Half Slave, Half Free

directed by Gordon Parks, 115 minutes

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To be a free man and a man with a trade, was a lot to be proud of for a Black man in 19th Century America. Solomon Northup was such a man. Then, one fateful day, his good life and all his dreams came to a crashing halt. Solomon Northup was kidnapped and carried off into slavery to serve on plantations in the South. For twelve long years he experienced the cruelty and subjugation that was slavery. Under any circumstances, it’s a harrowing story, one that is compelling and wonderfully realized in this motion picture. Under most circumstances, this would be a story worth telling. Under these circumstances, it is a story that needs to be told. For the story of Solomon Northup is a true story, adapted from his own autobiography, "Twelve Years a Slave."

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1 member found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

I CRIED LIKE LIKE A NEW BORN,GREAT MOVIE,YALL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..

1 member found this review helpful Created about 1 month ago.

GORDON PARKS ....SUPREME GRAND MASTER. AVERY BROOKS SUPREME ACCOMPLISHED ACTOR WITH THE HIGHEST ORATORICAL QUALITIES ALA PAUL ROBESON.THE ENTIRE CAST ,RHETTA GREENE,JOE SENECA,JOHN SAXON,MASON ADAMS,PETRONIA PALEY,MICHAEL TOLAN, AND THE MANY OTHERS....BRAVO-BRAVO-BRAVO.JENNY'S THEME SIMPLY HAUNTING.IN MY POINT OF VIEW IT TAKES "AFRICAN AMERICANS" TO TRULY PORTRAY THE SO-CALLED "AFRICAN AMERICANS" DILEMMA AND PECULIAR SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES,NOT TAKING NOTHING AWAY FROM 12 YEARS A SLAVE; BUT COULDN'T YOU JUST FEEL THE SOUL POWER OOZING OUT FROM THIS FILM.IT JUST SEEMS AS IF HOLLYWOOD THINKS THAT OTHER NATIONALITIES CAN PORTRAY SO CALLED AFRICAN AMERICANS BETTER THAN THEY CAN THEMSELVES.THE MOVIE OUT NOW -SELMA-IS ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT WHICH I AM ALLUDING TOWARDS. I MUST RESEARCH WHETHER THIS MADE FOR TV MOVIE RECEIVED EMMY AWARDS AT THE TIME.IF 12 YEARS GOT OSCARS SURELY SOLOMON NORTHUP'S ODYSSEY DESERVED THAT SAME ESTEEMED RECOGNITION.AND LASTLY I DO NOT RECALL HEARING ANY MENTION OF THIS MOVIE DURING LAST YEARS'"12 YEAR HYPE".GORDON PARKS IS AN AMERICAN ICON,AND TO ME THAT SMACKS SOMEWHAT OF BLATANT PLAGIARIZING.ANYHOW I SAY THREE CHEERS FOR FANDOR YOUR RETINUE KNOCKS IT OUT THE PARK.BYE BYE NETFLIX I AM A CONFIRMED FANDOR FAN.....OH YEAH BY THE WAY THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!!!

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