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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Sep 24, 2014
  • miaone rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Slow plot. Dull characters who use coarse language. Pathetic attempt to make it historically relevant. Much could have been done with the central idea; unfortunately, this is not much.

For some reason, I cannot put this item on hold. I can put other things on hold with no problem... just not this DVD...

Sep 10, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A 2 hour and 12 minute HOUSE NEGRO VERSUS FIELD NEGRO FESTIVAL,disguised as a so-called inspired account of the life of a certain Butler period.Just another slavery and RACISM movie trying to get EXTREMELY COWARDLY,POLITICAL ZOMBIE black people in real life killed again,AND I AM SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING ALL OF THESE ONE-DIMENSIONAL SUBJECT BLACK MOVIES ON RACISM AND SLAVERY PERIOD,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 25, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A little slow-paced but good acting. As much as I can't stand Oprah, she was good in this.

Aug 25, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

not what I was expecting. Rather a slow movie. For his non-political position in the White House, it was a very political movie. I do admire his rise from the cotton fields to butler.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting enough, although slow. An attempt to make it relevant with subplots about racism, class in a classless society, and family relationships, but they don't really work.

This DVD is damaged I think, as it did not work for me.

Aug 03, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Based on a true story, I think, means about the same as historical fiction. Viewed that way, one can forgive the glaze and gloss and appreciate the personal vs political, the glimpses of honest emotion and allusion to motive behind historical events. Great snapshots inspire and enhance research.

Jul 26, 2014
  • boothseattle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great movie! It covers a time in our history of much change. The struggles we went through as a people. From the perspective of a family and its relationship to that change. I did not have any expectations of this movie because I didn't like the tittle But, it turned out to be one of the best movies I have seen this year

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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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