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Lee Daniels the Butler [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EV4F5TC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,458 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The only problem with this movie is that the subject matter has become to mainstream. Movies about the plight of slaves (of all nations), and the inhumane treatment of people seems to be everywhere nowadays. If this movie had been made 10 - 20 years ago, it would have had everyone talking. Unforutnately for it, now it is just another movie to add to the pile in this category, and even though it is wonderfully done, it isn't getting the attention it deserves.

The movie itself hits you right in the heart, I don't think anyone could watch this movie and not feel the emotions, even if your family has never been subjected to discrimination.

The movie is hard hitting, and although the previews didn't make it seem "gruesome", don't let it deceive you. This movie doesn't sugar coat anything. It hits hard, and leaves you gasping for air.

The acting in the movie is phenomenal, but that can only be expected when it stars Forest Whitaker. Suprisingly, Oprah Winfrey was also amazing in her role (which shouldn't be surprising after her role in The Color Purple, but it always is). The rest of the cast was equally as good, and extremely well placed.

The script keeps you very much interested, and at no point did I find myself drifting off in thought, which says alot.

Should you see? absolutely yes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vernon A. Raaflaub on March 4 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We quite enjoyed it, partly because it is based on a true story, and partly because it reveals the earth-shattering events taking place in those years. I am a Canadian, but was a seminary student at Springfield IL during some of those years. Students from our school boycotted one restaurant until they agreed to treat black students as they did the whites. But I never saw the violence that I know took place elsewhere.

I recommend the movie for an in-depth look at the horrors of racism.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 31 2013
Format: DVD
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is a shocking, sad, heartwarming, and important movie, dealing with the civil rights movement from the fifties to the present. Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, who rose from near-slavery in the cotton fields to become White House butler under eight Presidents.

Cecil Gaines serves as a witness and participant in history, stoically raising a family while his world seems to burn at every turn. The horrors of Jim Crow make most of the movie very hard to watch, but it is educational and very interesting. Whitaker does an outstanding job and should at least get an Oscar nomination. Oprah Winfrey does a good job as his wife; other standouts are Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, and David Oyelowo.

I was horrified at the violence and injustices and cringed the whole time, but I'm still glad I saw it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.C on March 8 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Butler is a movie which enables viewers to watch a piece of history unfold, a piece of history which forces us to remember that we are all equal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phantom Racing on Feb. 20 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this docudrama that spanned the terms of the recent presidents, and a compelling story of the fight for civil rights in USA, as well as a heart rendering set of family struggles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Power HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Sept. 30 2013
Format: DVD
I love Oprah as much as reason allows, and that, favorable pre-movie buzz, and Oscar talk propelled me to see this movie. In fact I looked forward to it with some anticipation.

The beginning stated that the movie was inspired by a true story. If there was one thing I would change about the movie it would be that statement, as some of the more significant story elements used in this movie are in fact not true. That is not to diminish the story in any way as entertainment, but to depict something as a true story, and then foist a not true narrative on the spectator does not bode well for the movies Oscar aspirations, though it has not hurt it at the box office.

With the well deserved success of the superior movie 'The Help,' from last year, the writers of this movie were obviously hoping to get similar acclaim for this movie.

The movie opens in a deep south plantation cotton field in 1926, and a young black boy watches as the plantation owners son grabs the boys mother (played by Mariah Carey) and pulls her into the barn, where we can deduce what happens. When the owner emerges what happens next is fiction. The landowners mother or aunt, played by Vanessa Redgrave perhaps moved by pity, or guilt, then trains the boy to be a house slave, I mean servant. When the boy grows up, he leaves the plantation, and filled with determination to make a better life for himself than his parents somehow becomes the White house butler.

Except in reality the inciting event did not happen.

What I did like about the movie is that it was well made, and has a stellar cast. Several performances are worth talking about, particularly Forest Whitaker as The Butler, who may win an Oscar nomination, and I particularly liked James Marsden's take on John F Kennedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brigitte Daveluy on March 16 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
very good actors and what everyone thought of life with black people, they did not have the gots to say those things but they thought it. They thought of blacks only to serve them, this is hearth braking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harrison on Feb. 27 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great movie, ordered it as a last minute gift came very quickly, I use amazon for all my movie and game purchases
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