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Lee Daniels' The Butler

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

  • The butler, Cecil Gaines, is a fictional creation, an African-American Forrest Gump who bears special witness to the civil-rights movement while serving on the White House staff under seven presidents. The contrivance is stretched to its breaking point over a running time of 132 minutes; some of the episodes cross a different line from almost plausible to downright silly. That's not the whole story, though. show more

  • For all its faults - and there are many, from shameless compression of events to milk the drama for all it's worth, to the gimmicky miscasting of several commanders-in-chief (Robin Williams as Eisenhower is especially egregious) - The Butler is an inspiring and important summation of the black struggle. show more

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  • 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 September 2, 2013

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 August 28, 2013

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 August 25, 2013

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

Posted by
Drew Taylor on August 19, 2013

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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