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Lee Daniels' the Butler

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lee Daniels' the Butler
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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
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
Additional Contributors: Strong, Danny 1974-, screenwriter
Daniels, Lee 1959-, film producer, director
Whitaker, Forest Actor
Winfrey, Oprah Actor
Cusack, John 1966-, Actor
Haygood, Wil (Butler, a witness to history)
Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc
Alternate Title: Butler


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Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack

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Jan 25, 2015
  • Quimeras rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

There is a lot going on in this film and for this reason, I think it would have fared better as a T.V. miniseries.

Nov 13, 2014
  • dstanwyck rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Major disappointment and surprised that it was. Large and wonderful cast,most of whom had about a 3 minute cameo so it was more about their market value as a name rather than as an integral part of the story. Both Whitaker and Winfrey are so good in general but quite lacking in this; perhaps the screenplay - or direction - was limiting. It felt lackluster and empty and given the subject matter it had the potential to be a breakthrough drama.

Nov 11, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well done movie. Typical Hollywood style. Few of the actors actually resembled the presidents though.

Oct 15, 2014
  • RosinaLaughlin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic movie. Highly recommended. Hmmm, I seem to stand alone! My library copy worked perfectly, too!

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.

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Oct 20, 2014
  • ElainaL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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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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