||12A in UK
||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.
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||Inspired by real events and an article by Wil Haygood in the Washington Post about the real butler.
||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.
||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.
||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.