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PG-13| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.

Cast: Forest Whitaker , Oprah Winfrey , John Cusack , Jane Fonda , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Terrence Howard , Lenny Kravitz , James Marsden

Director: Lee Daniels

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Weinstein Co.

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Release Date: August 16th, 2013|2 hr. 12 min.

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  • It's watching Cecil open his eyes, in Whitaker's reflective, powerfully understated performance, that fills this flawed film with potency and purpose. Striving really does bring its own glory. show more

  • A nice idea for a movie, but has a mostly silly script and some of the craziest and most laughable casting imaginable. But the movie's main challenge is a simple one: It is very difficult, next to impossible, to build a movie around an inert, inactive character. show more

  • Authentic emotion competes with manufactured sentiment for the heart of Lee Daniels' The Butler. show more

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  • January 07, 2014 gm00000000176701
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    GOOD MOVIE..LIKE THE HISTORY AND THE STORY TOLD.BUT A BIT TOO LONG AND ALOT OF THE CHARACTERS WERE UNFORGETABLE..COULD HAVE BEEN A MADE FOR TV MOVIE

  • October 20, 2013 avivagi
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    Good movie but not original since there were so many movies about slavery and their emancipation. Very interesting though because it was based on a true story. Unfortunately politicians suck. ALL people should be treated equally.

  • October 12, 2013 The voice
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    Great movie- brought back memories that help shaped America.

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Weekend Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Wins Again, Caps Record-Breaking Summer

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The Associated Press on Sep 2nd, 2013 2:30PM

The Weinstein Company JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) - In the end, Hollywood made it through a precarious minefield of summer box-office bombs with a heftier wallet. The summer...

'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Nearly Brought President Obama to Tears

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Jenni Miller on Aug 28th, 2013 11:30AM

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images "Lee Daniels' The Butler" has been cleaning up at the box office, and it's probably gonna snag a few Oscar noms this season. Perhaps its most impressive feat -...

Weekend Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Wins Again, 'Mortal Instruments' Bombs

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The Associated Press on Aug 25th, 2013 12:55PM

The Weinstein Co. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was enough to lead all films on a late ...

'Lee Daniels' The Butler': Controversy Erupts Over Added Security at Movie Theater

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Drew Taylor on Aug 19th, 2013 12:30PM

The Weinstein Co. Just when it seemed like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was moving away from controversy, it comes roaring back. For several weeks last month "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was embroil...

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