Lee Daniels' The Butler Movie

"One quiet voice can ignite a revolution"

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Who's Involved:

David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, James Marsden, Jesse Williams, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Minka Kelly, Danny Strong, Laura Ziskin, Cassian Elwes, Colman Domingo, Nelsan Ellis, Hilary Shor, Buddy Patrick, Wil Haygood, Pamela Oas Williams

Release Date:

Friday, August 16, 2013 (Nationwide)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

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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Crew: Who's making Lee Daniels' The Butler

A look at the Lee Daniels' The Butler behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Lee Daniels last directed The Paperboy and Precious. The film's writer Lee Daniels last wrote The Paperboy and Anna in the Tropics.


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Buddy Patrick
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Pamela Oas Williams

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Key Facts

  1. 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".

Filming Timeline

On or about July 23, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

On or about March 25, 2012, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Financing should be figured out shortly with a plan to begin shooting this summer.

On or about July 30, 2010, the film was in Development status.

On or about November 20, 2008, the film was in Announced status.

On or about December 31, 1969, the film was in Post-Production status.

Lee Daniels' The Butler Release Date: When was it released?

Lee Daniels' The Butler was released in 2013 on Friday, August 16, 2013 (Nationwide release). There were 9 other movies released on the same date, including Kick-Ass 2, Jobs and Paranoia.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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