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The Butler [DVD]

Forest Whitaker , Oprah Winfrey , Lee Daniels    To Be Announced   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HNQK1T4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Historical drama directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker)'s 34-year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast includes John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman and Oprah Winfrey.

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental but powerfull film 8 Jan 2014
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
The Butler tells the true story of Cecil Gaines, a young man who runs away from a slave plantation in the 1920's and after a string of odd jobs ends up as a butler in the White House where he serves several American Presidents and witnesses several historic moments while his son gets caught up in the growing civil rights movement. Some superb performances here noteably from Forrest Whittaker giving one of his best performances as The Butler himself and Operah Winfrey giving her best performance ever as his loyal wife with excellent support from Terrance Howard and John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden and Alan Rickman give good cameo appearances as presidents Nixon, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Reagan respectively with Jane Fonda also appearing as Nancy Reagan. Yes it gets very sentimental but this is ultimately a powerfull piece of filmmaking from Lee Daniels the director of Precious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving and ultimately uplifting 23 Mar 2014
By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I loved this movie, which brilliantly depicts the history of civil rights in the United States from the 1950s to the election of President Obama, through the eyes of a White House butler, played here superbly by Forest Whitaker, and his family. Oprah Winfrey is magnificent here as his wife

Mixing history with a moving family story this is a highly emotional movie, which charts the progress of the last 60-70 years alongside the life experience, triumphs and tragedies and the aging of the central characters.

Deeply moving, and utlimately uplifting, this is a great movie which I am sure I will watch again
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 16 Feb 2014
Fantastically acted and directed, it's moving and a perfect history lesson. Seriously powerful stuff. Would happily see again. Loved it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent 17 Jan 2014
Real ambivalence watching this film, on the one hand a good review of Civil Rights and the country's march onwards. On the other hand, real dramatization of funerals, and the civil Rights Marches. There must be an in-between, but what we are offered is the extremes.

Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, play a married couple, Clarence and Gloria Gaines. Clarence witnessed the death of his father being shot by a white man, who had just raped his mother in the cotton fields. Clarence worked his way up from the cotton fields to the Butler at the White House. He and Gloria had good times and bad, Clarence spent most of his time at the White House, leaving Gloria to bring up their two sons. One son became estranged after he decided protest was his way of life, and the other son went to Vietnam.

What we are presented with is the life of the Butler in the White House, the Presidents he served from Eisenhower to Reagan. The Civil Rights of Afro Americans were discussed in front of him, as if he was not there. That was his life. All in all, both Clarence, Gloria and their sons did their own thing. The fault Dear Ceasar, is the director, who gave us reality with a reality show. The two do not mix.

Wonderful performances by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, but not Academy Award material. Lots of music that swelled and gave us moments of sadness, of course, I was all above that as I was weeping.

Recommended. 01-16-14
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'SOME STORIES JUST HAVE TO BE TOLD' 13 Mar 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The film is adapted from 'Will Haywood's' 2008 Washington Post article,
a 'Butler' well served by this election.
Telling the real-life story of former 'White House' butler 'Eugene Allen'
In this film the butler is called 'Cecil Gaines' (Forest Whitaker)
It tells of his start in life working with his parents in the 'Cotton Fields'
At a, still young age he sets off to find his own way in life, finding it to be
as it was in the fields......he remains a second class citizen....he gradually
works his way up in life becoming a 'butler' eventually being offered a
position in the 'White House' as a butler, in all serving seven presidents.
Down the years he has learned to block out the prejudices that follow him
and his family down the years.
He brings up his family in 'Washington' with his wife 'Gloria' (Oprah Winfrey)
'Cecil' serves in the White-House at a time when...
The assassination of JFK a President who had spoke of change, and later the
killing of 'Martin Luther King' (civil-rights spokesman)
We see the violence of organisations such as the 'Klu Klux Klan' his son
joining civil rights movements whilst another son signs up to join the army
serving in 'Vietnam'
The rise of the 'Black Panther' movement in which his son becomes involved
in the late sixties.
The film had mixed reviews when released as it does with reviews on this site,
The story deals with race relations a subject that has never quite gone away
down the years, though progress has been made as the film portrays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good watch 14 Mar 2014
By Wendy
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I wanted to highly rate this movie, but I was just below 'love level'. I would have liked to have seen easier transitions between the decades, like the belching girlfriend's shocking afro turning up out of nowhere. Saying that, the seventies were a real shock.
The whole Oprah thing wasn't so easy on the eye. I mean she's a talk show host to me now, despite her being a very good actress. And in real life, wasn't she a bit old for Forest? She still looks good though.
A smart performance by forest Whitaker, he seemed to age without us noticing the difference until he retired. Good casting with the African Americans, but the presidents....all yuk. I think the producers were just going for A-list casting rather than lookalikes. Nancy Reagan was amazing, played from the ever young Jane Fonder, but Ronny...I forgot how silly that man was! Nixon and Kennedy looked too young.
I'm wondering now if this should have been a series, since it seemed as if the film makers were trying to pack everything in within a decent time run. That would have served the story well, I think.
To sum up, I liked it, not 'loved it' and I think I'll put it down as a good educational film for my kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good film, but not an easy film to watch
good film although rather deep and difficult to understand. Good acting and enjoyable film although you do have to stay with it as it can be boring at times
Published 5 hours ago by lorraine
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Sorry to say I was very disappointed with this film, it has some memorable moments but overall it gets a bit too boring
Published 1 day ago by G. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing film!! accurately depicts the horrific treatment of blacks in...
without a doubt the best film of 2013!! amazing film, showing how one butler in the White House can serve so many U.S. Presidents.
Published 1 day ago by Darren Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE should see this film!
I truly believe EVERYONE should see this film as it's base on a huge amount of truth and people should know that this went on, maybe then they would understand some of the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Catastrofic Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The Butler is an excellent film which was made clear how difficult for black people of that era was. It was well acted by everybody and is a must to see.
Published 2 days ago by john arnell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Butler
Class movie in every sense of the word, acting first class as you would expect from a film with Forest Whitaker.
Published 2 days ago by D. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was a very good movie and an insight to the difficulties arisen, I thought Forrest Whitaker was brilliant in his role.
Published 3 days ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
Great true life story line & historical facts & GREAT film with outstanding Actor's, very enjoyable loved every moment, More please !
Published 4 days ago by Sidney Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Butler
Absolutely superb film especially from a historical point of you with an amazing insight into the goings on "below stairs" in The White House.
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Paula Young
5.0 out of 5 stars The Butler
This is truly an amazing movie, with a superb cast. From the start to the end this movie is very moving and is one that can be watched more than once. Read more
Published 7 days ago by J. Green
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