U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Cynthia Erivo, Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson
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