The Butler 2013

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As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Starring:
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 12 minutes
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Original title Lee Daniels' The Butler
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 12 minutes
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Original title Lee Daniels' The Butler

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 8 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. MALTBY on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD
I am not an expert on the intricacies of Northern American history, native or its subsequent annexation. So I won't dream of critiquing this film on the historical front. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I might. That might be because certain elements didn't feel like they rang true, or that truth is less appealing than a dramatisation, or just that expectation is the ruin of art as a medium. Judge it for yourselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Judd on 5 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an excellent film. Very good acting from all involved.
Would recommend this film as a film to see.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar 2014
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Glennon on 16 Feb 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Carpenter on 5 July 2014
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Great buy
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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By SCREEN77 on 20 July 2014
Format: DVD
The story of a man who escapes the slavery of the 1920's cotton fields & his rise to the White House.In 1926 he witnesses the shooting of his father in the cotton fields,the lady of the house decides as he is just a boy,he should work inside as a butler.The film starts in 1926,jumps to 1961,then takes you through the civil rights movement covering a good 4 or 5 presidents,finishing with Regan.
This should have been a great film but it doesn't really have the emotional impact you would expect,it shows all the seperation & how badly they were treated & the misery a lot of people went through but it just lacks something.Everyone is good on the acting side,with Oprah Wimprey making her debut but the film is slow whilst felling a bit rushed on some of the history.

Disappointing,watch "The Help" instead,a much better film on the same subject.
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