Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (1984)

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Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Browning Cinema

Directed by Gordon Parks
Cast: With Avery Brooks, John Saxon, Mason Adams, Rhetta Greene
Not Rated, 117 minutes

Adapted from the autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave, this American

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Playhouse version of the incredible events in the life of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery in 1841, serves as a fascinating, companion piece to the more recent film version. Directed and scored by photojournalist Gordon Parks (Shaft, The Learning Tree), the film stars Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Spenser for Hire) in a more restrained but no less powerful performance as Northup.

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Format: DVD