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
The original Freedom Riders
"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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Instantly a classic
Love this movie so much, I decided to watch it again on Blu-ray with my family. Really captivates you and paints a different perspective on the history we thought we knew.
Watch Lee Daniels get hired to be a butler for several US Presidents and 1st Lady's. You watch as he transitions from one family to another in the White House. A remarkable movie. Having lived thru each administration in real life, It brought back fond memories of my past.
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.