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Solomon Northup’s Odyssey

featuring

Avery Brooks, John Saxon, Mason Adams,

Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s Solomon Northup's Odyssey predates Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. Made for television, with a modest budget, it is less brutal than McQueen’s version, and, as critic Bilge Ebiri wrote, it contains “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake. The outrage is still there, just more muted and given more historical context.”

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Lou Potter
  • Samm-Art Williams
Based On
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Cinematographer
  • Hiro Narita
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 115 mins
Source
  • Pentacom Productions/Past America Inc.