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Solomon Northup's Odyssey 

This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Parks

Writers:

Solomon Northup (book), Lou Potter (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Solomon Northup
Rhetta Greene Rhetta Greene ... Jenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mason Adams ... Ford
Ken Broadhurst Ken Broadhurst ... Bass
Lee Bryant ... Mrs. Epps
Tony Dreyspool Tony Dreyspool ... Senator Soule
Anthony Edenfield Anthony Edenfield ... Ned
Art Evans
Harry George Harry George ... Sherriff
Ann Pearl Gray Ann Pearl Gray ... Kelsey
Janet League Janet League ... Eliza
Charles McGhee Charles McGhee ... Luke
Jay McMillan Jay McMillan ... Harry
Petronia Paley ... Anne Northup
J.C. Quinn ... Tibeats
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This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time musician. One day he is approached by some men who want him to play for them. However, that is not their intention; they have kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. Now he has to endure the hardships that he has been spared because of his status as a freeman. And his family who don't know what happened to him is searching for him but where do they go? And Solomon also wishes to let them know where he is so that they could get him but unfortunately no one believes his story or is willing to help him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half-Slave, Half-Free See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Color:

Color
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Kumbaya
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Outstanding, use with my 8th graded US History Class.
24 July 1999 | by JSpiethSee all my reviews

Have used film until warn out. Students get hooked on the film. Provides an excellent example of life of an American black slave and plantation life. Very strong story line.


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