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
Lee Daniels' The Butler: an american story
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"You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" performed by Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz
Having this great story told so the world can know
YES, it was worth the wait to have this in my collection. To have all the great stars to tell this wonderful story. Every emotion from happiness to sadness, also funny at times. I'm hoping the Oscar will take this one.im proud that movies like this one is being put out there .
The Butler is inspired by a true story. The family history, shows that with hard work and determination anyone can succeed. The actors draw you in, making you feel like you are a part of the history, taking you through the butlers service with seven presidents.
Excellent film based on the true story of a servant in the Nation's Capital whose life is daunted and haunted by the ugliness and ever presence of Racism. Forest Whittaker once again delivers a stellar performance to overcome the tide of bigotry in his quest for dignity and tolerance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.