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Director Lee DanielsGenre(s) Dramas
Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to make for himself a respectable career despite his underprivileged upbringing and cotton farm roots. Starting out as a regular kitchen worker, Cecil soon proves himself to be extremely proficient and works his way up to be the head butler for eight different US presidents. Some of them prove to be discriminatory, treating Cecil with little respect and holding massively differing views to him, but he always remains polite and does everything within his power to care for his employers while keeping any top secret information that he might hear firmly to himself. Meanwhile, he struggles at home with his son; a Black Panther with aggressive views on racial equality who is less than grateful to have a father working for the people that he believes are causing racial oppression.
This story of loyalty and unconditional dedication is based on the true story of Eugene Allen; a butler who similarly lived through years of racial inequality before finally seeing, in his retirement, the election of the first black President, Barack Obama. His story was documented in the article 'A Butler Well Served by This Election' written by Wil Haygood. 'The Butler' has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount') and will be released in the US on August 16th 2013.
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Melissa Leo, Robin Williams, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Terrence Howard, Jesse Williams, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Nelsan Ellis, Colin Walker, Aml Ameen, Yaya Alafia, Dana Gourrier, Xosha Roquemore, Orlando Eric Street, Michael Rainey Jr., David Jensen, David Banner, Joe Chrest, James DuMont, Mo McRae