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Drama - Family

The Butler (2013)

Released 2013 Rating 12A in UK
Director Lee Daniels Writer/s Danny Strong
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda.
Source of story Inspired by real events and an article by Wil Haygood in the Washington Post about the real butler.
Elevator Pitch A sharecropper’s son is trained to become a “house nigger” in the 1930s and moves on up to become a butler in the White House, serving eight presidents.
Content The terrible treatment of black people in the south is portrayed, and this is a theme of the film, contrasting the calm disciplined service in the White House with the fight for negro rights in which the butler’s son is taking part in the 1960s.
A View Apparently the whole of the background to the main theme was made up, but it works well and keeps you engaged while watching a number of important film actors taking on the presidential roles including Robin Williams as Eisenhower and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.

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