The Butler

The Butler

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Inspired by a true story, Cecil Gaines is a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served eight Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9786315195877
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
wide screen
video file,DVD video,region 1
Additional Contributors: Daniels, Lee 1959-
Strong, Danny 1974-
Williams, Pamela Oas
Ziskin, Laura
Patrick, Buddy 1984-
Elwes, Cassian 1959-
Finley, Michael 1973 March 6-
Johnson, Sheila C.
Johnson, Brett
Salloway, Matthew
Stafford, Earl W.
Weinstein, Bob 1953-
Weinstein, Harvey 1952-
Blavatinik, Len
Giladi, Aviv
Holden, Vince
Bruce, James T. 1984-
Wright, R. Bryan
Destro, Elizabeth
Kessler, Jordan
Shor, Hilary
Merims, Adam
Whitaker, Forest - Actor
Winfrey, Oprah - Actor
Carey, Mariah - Actor
Cusack, John 1966-- Actor
Fonda, Jane 1937-- Actor
Gooding, Cuba Jr.,1968-- Actor
Howard, Terrence - Actor
Kravitz, Lenny
Marsden, James 1973-- Actor
Oyelowo, David - Actor
Pettyfer, Alex 1990-- Actor
Redgrave, Vanessa 1937-- Actor
Rickman, Alan - Actor
Schreiber, Liev - Actor
Williams, Robin 1951-2014,- Actor
DaCosta, Yaya 1982-- Actor
Ameen, Aml 1985-- Actor
Banner, David - Actor
Rainey, Michael - Actor
Smith, LaJessie - Actor
Fertitta, John P. - Actor
Gleason, Jim 1964-- Actor
White, Isaac - Actor
Chrest, Joe - Actor
Gordon, Nealla - Actor
Domingo, Colman - Actor
Ellis, Nelsan - Actor
Kelley, Elijah - Actor
Kelly, Minka 1980-- Actor
Lenox, Adriane - Actor
Mo (Mo McRae), - Actor
Walker, Pernell - Actor
Williams, Jesse 1981-- Actor
Williams, Clarence 1939-- Actor
Dunn, Andrew (Andrew William),
Galvin, Tim
Klotz, Joe - Film editor
Carter, Ruthe - Costume designer
Leão, Rodrigo
Knight, Gladys 1944-- Performer
Haygood, Wil Butler well served by this election
Weinstein Company
Windy Hill Pictures (Firm)
Follow Through Productions (Firm)
Salamander Pictures (Firm)
Pam Williams Productions (Firm)
Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc.
Alternative Title: Lee Daniels' The Butler


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Mar 19, 2018

The times, whew. Memories are thick and many.

Jan 30, 2018

A single word: poignant. As to previous comments: akirakato sums it up very well. On the other hand, Byond has something of a point. It struck me right away that though what happened in the beginning clearly happened on many occasions, it was not in the span of this character's lifetime. It still has validity in showing a great deal of what has transpired in our nation's short history. I do not feel that it is appropriate to depict smoking, especially on TV, but also in movies. Unfortunately, yes it was pretty common, depicting it helps no one.

AL_ZOEY Aug 30, 2016

This was a great film, with a great cast. It does an amazing job of showing different perspectives, within the black community, during the most turbulent time in America's history. As far as an accurate account of Eugene Allen's life goes, I don't know.

Mar 26, 2016

this was a great movie made me very emotional with the father son relationship. I love this movie.

Mar 23, 2016

This is a 2013 docu-drama directed by Lee Daniels, loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen.
Forest Whitaker plays as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who is a witness of notable political and social events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.
It is a gut-wrenching and emotionally affecting story of the eventful life of a long-serving White House butler.
Amusing are all-star supporting actors who play presidents or first ladies.

Feb 28, 2016

My own reaction was disappointment. If it was intended as propaganda it probably hit the mark. We're hooked early with the rape and murder, but those never happened. A very free approach to history turns this into a charmless Forrest Gump. Redeeming aspect: a chance to get a glimpse of the man himself, which I believe pays back the time required to attend to it:

Jan 15, 2016

Excellent movie! Amazing that all this happened during my lifetime. Social change bought with a price.

Nov 27, 2015

I really recommend this movie! Powerful story and acting. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

Nov 07, 2015

Powerful, engrossing and moving story well presented. Highly recommended (for mature minds).

Sep 19, 2015

Of all the movies on the subject of racial discrimination in recent years, I found this to be the best. The main characters were not simply caricatures but well rounded and believable.

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Oct 20, 2014

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Feb 27, 2014

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aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Feb 20, 2014

Cecil Gaines: America has always turned a blind eye to what we done to our own. We look out to the world and judge. We hear about the concentration camps but these camps went on for two hundred years right here in America.


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