Lee Daniels' The Butler "One quiet voice can ignite a revolution"

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2013 | PG-13 | Drama Biography

The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Forest Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. F... more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, August 16, 2013

On DVD

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Oprah Winfrey
Ms. Allen
David Oyelowo
Louis Gaines
John Cusack
Richard Nixon
Forest Whitaker
Eugene Allen
Jane Fonda
Nancy Reagan
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DIRECTOR

Lee Daniels

Screenwriter

Lee Daniels
Danny Strong

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Rating MPAA

PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, some violence and disturbing images, and smoking

Storylines 2 more

The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Forest Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on a Washington Post article. As director Lee Daniels explains, ""What moves me most about this man is his quiet nature, grace and unmatched perspective that comes from being in one place – a very powerful one – during what was arguably the period in American history that saw the most change".
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  • A Butler Well Served by This Election

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