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.

PARKER:

A year's passed? Off to SandyHill?

ANNE:

I am.

Using a long pole, Mr. Parker fetches down a CARRY ALLfrom an upper shelf.

PARKER:

Something to suit your style, butsturdy enough for the forty milesround trip.

Handing the Bag to Anne, she is immediately taken by it.

ANNE:

It's beautiful.

SOLOMON:

(cautiously)

At what price?

ANNE:

We will take it. Children, comesee what your father has justpurchased for me.

As the children run over - chattering excitedly about thenew gift - they RUN PAST JASPER who has quietly enteredthe store.

At the checkout counter sits a portrait of WILLIAM HENRYHARRISON, the edges draped in black crepe. Before the

book sits a LEDGER. Mr. Parker asks of Solomon:

PARKER:

If you would sign our condolencebook. My hope is to find a way toforward it to the Widow Harrison.

Sad days for the nation.

SOLOMON:

Yes, certainly. Poor Mrs. Harrisand her children. I hope brightertimes ahead.

(CONTINUED)

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Jasper looks scared, timid. It's as though he'd like toengage, but is unsure of as to how. Noting Jasper, Parkersays:

PARKER:

A moment, sir, and you will beassisted.

SOLOMON:

If we could discuss the price...

(CONTINUED)

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PARKER:

Forgive me, Mrs. Northup. A

customer waits. Welcome, sir.

To Jasper, with good nature:

SOLOMON:

Shop well, but mind your wallet.

PARKER:

Ignore the gentleman's nonsense.

Now, may I interest you in a new

cravat? Pure silk by way of the--

Before Parker can finish, the door opens. It's Jasper'sMaster, FITZGERALD. He's stern, clearly displeased.

FITZGERALD:

Jasper!

(to Parker)

My regrets for the intrusion.

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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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