12 Years a Slave script
Synopsis: 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate. Other characters in the film were also real people, including Edwin and Mary Epps, and Patsey.

SOLOMON:

Come, Anne. Jump.

The children, now smiling as well, egg their mother on.

ALONZO MARGARET:

Jump. You can make it. I've done it. You can make

it.

ANNE:

I will not ruin my dress. Catch

me!

Solomon moves close, holds out his arms. Yet, there'sstill just a bit of mischievousness in his eyes. Anne

gives her husband a lightly stern look to which Solomonreplies.

(CONTINUED)

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SOLOMON:

I will catch you, Anne.

(beat)

I will.

Again, lightly stern:

ANNE:

You will.

And with that Anne takes the leap. Solomon catches her,

swings her around grandly and sets her down lightly tothe delighted applause of the children. That done,

Solomon takes Anne's hand and leads her on.

As Solomon and his family make their way, among theslaves on the street, we see one in particular; JASPER.

As he trails his MASTER he can't help but note Solomonand his family as they enter A STORE. His intrigue ofthis most handsome and harmonious group should beobvious.

With his Master occupied, Jasper moves slyly toward theSTORE. Frozen on the spot, Jasper looks on admiringly.

Suddenly a voice barks out-

A VOICE (O.S.)

Jasper! Come on!

5 INT. STORE -LATER 5

We are inside the store of MR. CEPHAS PARKER; a white manand a supplier of general goods. Solomon greets himwith:

SOLOMON:

Mr. Parker.

PARKER:

Mr. Northup. Mrs. Northup.

With money in hand the Northup children move quicklyabout the store looking for items to purchase.

(CONTINUED)

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Anne looks over some silks and fabrics. Parker suggeststo Solomon:

PARKER (CONT’D)

A new cravat, Solomon? Pure silk

by way of the French.

SOLOMON:

We are in need of a fresh carryall for the Mrs's travels.

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John Ridley

John Ridley IV (born October 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, and showrunner, known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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