The Butler

The Butler

DVD - 2014
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Inspired by a true story about Cecil Gaines, a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served eight Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America.

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Liber_vermis
Jul 29, 2020

Although the acting is mediocre, the arc of this movie covering 50 years of black civil and political rights struggle and the attitudes of the presidents (Truman to Reagan) in the White House is captivating. In this era of "Black Lives Matter", 'The Butler' reminds viewers that too little has changed for eliminating racial discrimination and poverty.

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John2053
Jun 13, 2020

Wow. The times. And here we are still.
Real, intense, flawed and heroic human beings. People take many paths to do their best.

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jazzy4u
Aug 26, 2019

What a waste of time and celluloid. There wasn't anyone I liked or rooted for. I don't even want to waste time writing about it. Movie gets zero.

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ssjv
Mar 19, 2018

The times, whew. Memories are thick and many.

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P58Jackson
Jan 30, 2018

A single word: poignant. As to previous comments: akirakato sums it up very well. On the other hand, Byond has something of a point. It struck me right away that though what happened in the beginning clearly happened on many occasions, it was not in the span of this character's lifetime. It still has validity in showing a great deal of what has transpired in our nation's short history. I do not feel that it is appropriate to depict smoking, especially on TV, but also in movies. Unfortunately, yes it was pretty common, depicting it helps no one.

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publicenemy48
Mar 26, 2016

this was a great movie made me very emotional with the father son relationship. I love this movie.

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akirakato
Mar 23, 2016

This is a 2013 docu-drama directed by Lee Daniels, loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen.
Forest Whitaker plays as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who is a witness of notable political and social events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.
It is a gut-wrenching and emotionally affecting story of the eventful life of a long-serving White House butler.
Amusing are all-star supporting actors who play presidents or first ladies.

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Byond
Feb 28, 2016

My own reaction was disappointment. If it was intended as propaganda it probably hit the mark. We're hooked early with the rape and murder, but those never happened. A very free approach to history turns this into a charmless Forrest Gump. Redeeming aspect: a chance to get a glimpse of the man himself, which I believe pays back the time required to attend to it: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hear-from-the-real-butler-of-the-white-house-eugene-allen-623118/?no-ist

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TheSupervisor
Jan 15, 2016

Excellent movie! Amazing that all this happened during my lifetime. Social change bought with a price.

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books4jewel
Nov 27, 2015

I really recommend this movie! Powerful story and acting. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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ElainaL
Oct 20, 2014

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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beckythecat1
Feb 27, 2014

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aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Jun 08, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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jimg2000
Feb 20, 2014

Cecil Gaines: America has always turned a blind eye to what we done to our own. We look out to the world and judge. We hear about the concentration camps but these camps went on for two hundred years right here in America.

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