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Lee Daniels' The Butler [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2013]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (427 out of 439)

    Special Features


    • Lee Daniels' The Butler: an American story
    • The original Freedom Riders
    • Deleted scenes
    • "You and I Ain't Nothin' No More" performed by Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz
    • Gag reel

    Synopsis


    Lee Daniels' The Butler
    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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Forest Whitaker
      Forest Whitaker - Cecil Gaines
    • Oprah Winfrey
      Oprah Winfrey - Gloria Gaines
    • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
      Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Carter Wilson
    • Terrence Howard
      Terrence Howard - Howard
    • Alan Rickman
      Alan Rickman - Ronald Reagan



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 439 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A fly-on-the-wall look at American history

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      Gaspode
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      Director Lee Daniels adapts the story of a White House butler (Whitaker) who observes American history through several presidencies, while the civil rights movement takes place outside. It's an interesting story, although one wishes that things would slow down long enough for the viewer to learn more about the time period in question.Whitaker is superb, although Oprah Winfrey has trouble to escape her larger-than-life media persona. Some interesting White House cameos (including Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and a surprisingly good but briefly-seen Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan). The one exception is John Cusack, who neither looks nor acts like Nixon, but that's a small objection. If you want a real hard-hitting look at racism in America, you probably want to see 12 years A Slave, but The Butler comes in a worthwhile second.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great addition to any video collection.

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      rah2012
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      This movie is somewhat of a historical overview of the African-American Civil Rights struggle as viewed through the camera lens. Although most of these events are shown in their proper historic context, I differed with the director’ view of some of the lifestyle overtones of the movie. The movie also gives the perspective, as viewed by a person that was in the White House, from a political skew. I felt the movie tried to cover too much history in a short movie, which made it a little disjointed in some areas. I recommend this movie to anyone that wishes to get a “general” historical perspective of the African-American experience in America over the timespan that is covered in the movie. It should spur interest in further exploration about the African-American’s experience in their American journey.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Civil Rights journey from a different perspective

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      motionstories
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      Great story telling of an African-American man who because of his duties as a butler, was privy to some of the White House conversations, emotions and key players involved in civil rights decisions. Wonderfully woven together from pre Civil Rights Movement, Civil Rights Movement, to post Civil Rights Movement. I appreciate the inclusion of the Black Panther Party, even though it was not necessarily a part of the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Power Movement, of which the Black Panther Party was a part , benefited from the Civil Rights Movement and vice-versus.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film with a fabulous ensemble cast

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      cgroskreutz93
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      I think this movie is one of the best released in 2013. It was mostly overlooked in the awards circuit and I believe that was a mistake. Forest Whitaker was fantastic and really carried the movie. Oprah Winfrey was sensational in this movie as well and made viewers remember that she was once an Oscar nominee. The ensemble cast makes it feel like you are diving right into history and the producers and director made a great effort in finding a cast that could embody the spirits and personalities of such famous historical figures.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Top Notch Actors

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      Stefficamp
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      This movie was better than I thought it would be. The acting was superb and the main takeaway for me was about the strength of marriages. Through good times and bad times Forest and Oprah stayed together. And learning through their mistakes made them stronger as time went on. The historical context and effects it had on the character was well done. Lastly the developmental comrade of the characters in and outside of work was excellent. Great script. A must have for anyone's video library.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This was a great movie

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      Cannoneer
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      For understanding the thoughts and history associated with the 60's this is a great movie. It also portrays a man that has to go through much personal sacrifice while trying to keep his personal and professional life in balance. I believe this happens to everyone and the intensity is magnified considering views of equality and how they have changed over time during the last century. That the Buller was overlooked for Oscar nominations is puzzling to me. Watch it and see if you agree.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Heart Touching

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      KrisNaye
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      This movie is something all young people should see. It tells a great story and allows you to appreciate history. The cast was a very good pick. I actually didn't see the movie at the theater but bought it once it came to video and it was worth every penny. This movie taught so many stories in one story line, it was amazing! I would definitely watch this movie over and over and would recommend to anyone. If you have not seen this movie you are missing out on something amazing!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great retelling of a piece of Americana

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      Peaches343
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      While some may look at the cast and think this is a "black" film, it is actually a period piece about a changing America in the 60s. It is about the cultural differences between parents and their young sons, the elite and the poor, black and white. Oprah Winfrey gives an outstanding performance as the mother who has to deal with the tension between her husband and her son, as well as her husband's increasing responsibilities at the White House, which keep him away from her.

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