Lee Daniels' the Butler

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lee Daniels' the Butler

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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.
Statement of Responsibility: Weinstein Company presents a Laura Ziskin production in association with Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures and Pam Williams Productions ; produced by Pamela Oas Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick, Cassian Elwes ; written by Danny Strong ; directed by Lee Daniels
Title: Lee Daniels' the butler
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Based on the novel by Wil Haygood
Special features: Lee Daniels' The Butler: An American Story; the original freedom riders; deleted scenes; music video "You and I ain't nothin' no more" performed by Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz; gag reel
Credits: Cinematographer, Andrew Dunn ; editor, Joe Klotz ; composer (music score), Rodrigo Leão.
Performers: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr., LaJessie Smith, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Aml Ameen, Clarence Williams III, John P. Fertitta, Jim Gleason, Isaac White, Joe Chrest.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD, NTSC, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1
Other Language: English, French or Spanish dialogue; Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Allen, Eugene, 1919-2010 Drama Butlers United States Drama Presidents United States Staff Drama Families Drama United States Social life and customs Drama Servicio doméstico Estados Unidos Teatro. bidex Presidentes Estados Unidos Teatro. bidex Familias Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Butlers
Servicio doméstico
Alternate Title: Butler
Publisher No: ZWC61180
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
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Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack

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I was moved by this movie. The progress and what one person experiences in a life time. Fantastic. Not a dry eye in the house.

Jul 14, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent movie. Acting is great by all. The story is very interesting. Well worth the watch.

Jul 05, 2014
  • Bellevue rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring. If a person wants to learn about the civil rights movement and struggles of those times, there are lots of excellent sources. This wasn't one of them. Silly me, I thought this was going to be about the life of the butler, his work at the white house, and his relationships with the presidents. I really think these Academy Awards are more about pandering to big-name and influential Hollywood people than they are about talent. We didn't see any outstanding acting going on in this movie - in fact we commented afterwards that where we see real, quality acting is on some of the regular network tv shows. Far better than we saw last night.

Jun 27, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I don't think this movie is all it was hyped up to be. It was OK, but I've appreciated much better movies of this genera.
Good casting, but I think they tried to get too much in a short time, and it took away from the passion that belonged in this story. Sorry.

Jun 19, 2014
  • poodlegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this movie. It was based on a true story and the cast did a fantastic job.

Jun 18, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't like this movie. In covering so many time periods in such a superficial way, justice was not done to properly convey the struggle of the equal rights movement. I found the multitude of cameos distracting to the telling of the story. Some of the casting was ridiculous - John Cusack as Nixon?! I thought the butler's life must have been very interesting, but this movie was not.

Jun 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

May 05, 2014
  • Staggerwing rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The movie was well written and interesting but it would have been better without the Obama promotion at the end. It was a reminder that he had a chance to become a great president and bring all people together as one but he's done more to divide the country than all the presidents of the past.

After reading 'In The President's Secret Service' by Ronald Kessler it is very clear that anyone working in the White House has no life. They are used to the max by the demands and obvious lack of appreciation. It seems the only reason somebody would take these jobs is to say they worked at the White House and around the President and other politicians. That might be appealing to some but not me. Unless the next President is Trey Gowdy, then I might be interested, maybe.

Apr 27, 2014
  • H82BL8r rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one outstanding film; a must see. After viewing it, walk in each of the characters shoes. You might just find it becomes a springboard to open dialogue on a multitude of subjects and on varying levels.

Apr 21, 2014
  • triptophan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rent this movie. Oprah Winfrey gives a good performance and should have won an Oscar. This movie is an inspiration to the young generation who didn't know about the civil rights movement. And, it reminds the older generation of how hard the civil rights were for black people. I recommend this movie!

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Feb 27, 2014
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Jun 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 08, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 20, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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