Lee Daniels' the Butler

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 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
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Its a long film, but its a very long story,.. and it is told extremely well. ( Kev's PICkS: ...also highly recommended on this subject,.. don't miss seeing 'The Help'.)

Report This Apr 14, 2014
  • duane767 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great inspirational movie but especially good performance by the Oprah. And I am not a fan so this is not pandering. She really did a good job.

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • Atticus_14 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Butler is a very thought provoking film that I enjoyed tremendously. However, as others have pointed out, it takes a lot of license in its portrayal of the actual story. Not much in the movie, regarding his life and family, is based on actual fact.

Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • Djeremay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie, but very dark & depressing throughout. Could've been a bit shorter. Thought-provoking on many levels

Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really interesting movie.

Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent historical saga highlighting the civil rights movement over 6 decades. Forrest Whitaker gives a stellar performance as Cecil Gaines, the Butler.

Report This Mar 09, 2014
  • BeausPerson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Butler is inspired by the life of Eugene Allen. Some artistic licence has been taken with the movie's character, Cecil Gaines, in order to cover history from a very personal perspective and to make the best movie envisioned by its creators. See it. It is historic, even giving us documentary footage interwoven with the film. Most of all, it's a good movie with a stellar cast.

Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • gregarioushermit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great movie. If I could I would give it ten stars. I was born in 1950 and lived in Arlington, VA during all the events of this time. I remember the rioting in DC when Martin Luther King was killed. I was in Junior High when they desegregated the schools and closed both black schools and put the population into the white schools. The beauty of this movie; first, it is a true story, and the constant juxtaposition of events, as the son, the freedom rider, and his father the butler, are portrayed each against the other. It is beautifully made, and a tribute to those who were willing to risk their lives to affect change. I will watch it again before I return it..

Report This Mar 06, 2014
  • MargoBarron rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointed in this movie. As Daylight62 commented, it did not follow the true story of Cecil Gaines. The book was much better than this movie and did not contain all the fictionalization of the movie.

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Report This Feb 27, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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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