Lee Daniels' the Butler

Lee Daniels' the Butler

DVD - 2014
Average Rating:
53
3
3
 …
Rate this:
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.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

AL_ZOEY Aug 30, 2016

This was a great film, with a great cast. It does an amazing job of showing different perspectives, within the black community, during the most turbulent time in America's history. As far as an accurate account of Eugene Allen's life goes, I don't know.

p
publicenemy45
Mar 26, 2016

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

a
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.

b
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

t
TheSupervisor
Jan 15, 2016

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

b
books4jewel
Nov 27, 2015

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

h
humming
Nov 07, 2015

Powerful, engrossing and moving story well presented. Highly recommended (for mature minds).

m
mjayh
Sep 19, 2015

Of all the movies on the subject of racial discrimination in recent years, I found this to be the best. The main characters were not simply caricatures but well rounded and believable.

m
melek
Sep 03, 2015

This is an exquisite movie. Enough said.

l
lcad
Aug 03, 2015

Excellent movie spanning a lifetime. Highly recommend it. Completely engrossed from beginning to end. Forest Whitaker is wonderful in his role. Hard to grasp Oprah in her role, but after I put aside the fact that she was Oprah, she was convincing.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

e
ElainaL
Oct 20, 2014

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

b
beckythecat1
Feb 27, 2014

beckythecat1 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

jonicipiku Nov 16, 2013

jonicipiku thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 20

Quotes

Add a Quote

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

j
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.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at my library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top