- Actors: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer
- Directors: Lee Daniels
- Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Dolby, Colour, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Entertainment in Video
- DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2014
- Run Time: 127 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00HNQK1T4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
I was a bit dubious about this film but it turned out to be very good. Forest Whitaker gives a fine performance as one of the White House butlers during the administrations of the 1950's and 1960s.
Highyl recommended...a thinking man's film with no car chases or gun battles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A man trained as a waiter get a job at the White House where he is on hand to see Presidents attempt to handle situations involving the Civil Rights movements. Read morePublished 14 days ago by ellison
Having looked at other reviews, it's very clear that this is a movie that divides people and it's easy to see why - this is definitely not a sugar coated story about the American... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ashley's wife
Excellent film. Simply excellent. Moving through times, through decades.Published 23 days ago by Ola P
I expected better, but it's an ok film. Sort of film you would only watch the once though.Published 1 month ago by F. Pawley