What About That Other '12 Years A Slave' Movie?

As I wrote in January, with the release this Friday of the long awaited 12 Years A Slave, I thought it would be worth it to remind ourselves of the first filmed version of the book that Steve McQueen’s upcoming drama is based on. That’s right, 12 Years A Slave is actually the second film version of Solomon Northrup’s 1953 autobiographical book; the first being the 1984 TV movie, Solomon Northup's Odyssey, starring Avery Brooks (Spencer for Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) in the role of Northrup.It was the last film to be directed by the legendary renaissance man (film director/photographer/composer, and more) Gordon Parks, who passed away in...
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