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Lee Daniels' The Butler
- Forest Whitaker

Overview - Director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article, the film features Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard M. Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star.

Cast List

Andrew Dunn - American Cinematographer
Matthew W. Mungle
Adam J. Merims
Diane Lederman
Lisa Satriano
Pixel Magic
Lee Daniels - Producer, THE WOODSMAN (2004)
Douglas Noe
Danny Strong - American actor/screenwriter, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Lynn Fainchtein
Debra Denson
Sebastian Silva - actor, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
The Molecule - Visual Effects
Rodrigo Leao
Mariah Carey - American Singer
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Jane Fonda - Oscar-winning American actress, KLUTE, ON GOLDEN POND
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Oscar-winning American Actor, JERRY MAGUIRE
Terrence Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Terrence DaShon Howard - Actor\"Dead Presidents"
Lenny Kravitz - Songwriter/Musician
Vanessa Redgrave - British actress
Alan Rickman - British Film/Stage Actor
Oprah Winfrey - Talk show host/actress
Forest Whitaker - American actor/director, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Clarence Williams
Robin Williams - American actor/comedian
Ray D. Tutto - American actor/comedian
Marty Fromage - American actor/comedian
Liev Schreiber - American actor, SCREAM series/LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
James Marsden - Actor, DISTURBING BEHAVIOR
Elijah Kelley - Star, HAIRSPRAY (2007)
Colman Domingo
David Oyelowo - Actor, A SOUND OF THUNDER (2005)
Alex Manette
Alex Pettyfer - Actor, STORMBREAKER (2006)
Nelsan Ellis - Actor, THE EXPRESS
Aml Ameen
Minka Kelly - Actor in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Television Series)
David Banner - Hip Hop artist
Jesse Williams - Actor
Michael Rainey Jr.
Yaya Alafia
Lajessie Smith

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 132
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 013132611808
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Race Relations
Injustice
Social Issues
Biographical

 
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Reviews:
"Strongly acted by a cast top-lined by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, THE BUTLER has its share of strong dramatic moments in a story inspired by the real-life career of a White House employee..." - 08/15/2013 Los Angeles Times


"[D]eeply affecting....It's inspiring and filled with fine performances..." USA Today


"In director Lee Daniels’ sweeping drama, Forest Whitaker excels as a discreet witness to pivotal moments at the White House." - 08/15/2013 Chicago Sun-Times


"Forest Whitaker brings a quiet grandeur to the title..." - 08/15/2013 Wall Street Journal


"[A] brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial....Mr. Daniels has told the story of the civil rights movement in the bold colors of costume pageantry and the muted tones of domestic drama." - 08/15/2013 New York Times


"Whitaker digs in deep and gives a marvelous under-the-skin performance..." - 08/08/2013 Variety


"[T]he movie has a serious point to make....It argues that change often comes about through multiple channels -- some revolutionary, others less so..." - 08/15/2013 A.V. Club


"[Q]uite moving....Daniels' THE BUTLER is always engaging..." - 08/09/2013 Hollywood Reporter


"THE BUTLER is an ambitious, sweeping period drama that manages to be incredibly affecting..." - 08/19/2013 Entertainment Weekly


"Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER holds you, provokes you and ultimately moves you." - 08/15/2013 Rolling Stone


"[S]erving up major talent in relatively small roles....Then there’s Whitaker, steadfast, still, understated, commanding your attention, managing to be presidential himself in an ostensibly subservient role." - 11/08/2013 Total Film

 
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