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The Butler

October 6th, 2013








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The Butler

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Plot
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 5.7/10 (1,129 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Lee Daniels

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack

Storyline
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Writers: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood

Cast:
Forest Whitaker - Cecil Gaines
David Banner - Earl Gaines
Michael Rainey Jr. - Cecil Gaines (8)
LaJessie Smith - Abraham
Mariah Carey - Hattie Pearl
Alex Pettyfer - Thomas Westfall
Vanessa Redgrave - Annabeth Westfall
Aml Ameen - Cecil Gaines (15)
Clarence Williams III - Maynard
John P. Fertitta - Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta)
Jim Gleason - R.D. Warner
Oprah Winfrey - Gloria Gaines
Isaac White - Charlie Gaines (10)
David Oyelowo - Louis Gaines
Joe Chrest - White Usher

Taglines: One quiet voice can ignite a revolution

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 16 August 2013

Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)



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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Weinstein Company acquired the distribution rights for the film in 2012 after Columbia Pictures, in 2008, put the film in turnaround. Spike Lee, set to direct the film, dropped out at the last minute. Tyler Perry was considered for a brief time, but ultimately Lee Daniels was brought in to direct. See more »



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You'll feel emotions throughout "Lee Daniel's The Butler," but you'd also cry if someone kicks a kitten on TV. Dropping in simplistic scenes of hardship and meager triumph does not a good film make. This is not a good film.

Technically, it's fine. And it's got a lot of stars. Some are hard to spot such as Vanessa Redgrave as a racist Southerner and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. But, it's overlong even though the story spans nearly nine decades. In all those years, very little actually seems to happen.

Nothing really happens with our hero, Forest Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines. He does his job quietly. He has very little impact on those around him either at home or in the House. The film is named for this person. It would be nice if he was interesting.

The only real action comes from Cecil's son Earl Gaines (David Banner). Earl takes up the fight for civil rights. But, even he's mostly along for the ride, so while he's not substantial enough for his own movie, without him in this one, I probably would have fallen asleep.

And that's the thing. For all the dramatic tension offered by the subjects of fighting for civil rights in the South and working in the White House, this film is surprisingly boring. Sure, I got to see lots of cameos by famous actors as Presidents of the United States, yet even Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower did little to elevate my interest.

Like Forest Gump, the events of history pass by around Forest Whitaker's butler. He is alongside every president from Ike to Reagan. Unlike "Forest Gump," it's never that entertaining.

"Forest Gump" and "Lee Daniel's The Butler" also share a feeling that they take themselves to be significant films saying important things, but I am hard-pressed to say just what those things are. Putting powerful, historical events on screen is not the same as saying something insightful about them.




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