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Petronia Paley in Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup's...

Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup's Odyssey

1984 NR

Based on the autobiography "Twelve Years a Slave," this gripping drama tells the true story of Solomon Northup (Avery Brooks), a black man living in Washington, D.C., in the mid-19th century. Northup, born a free man, works as a carpenter and musician. But one day in 1841, he's kidnapped by a Louisiana slave owner and forced into slavery. Northup spends a dozen years enduring harrowing hardships, while his family desperately searches for him.