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

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary movie Jan. 7 2014
By Sheilah HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MOVING LOOK BASED ON A TRUE STORY - GET IT! March 4 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Butler March 8 2014
By Mrs.C
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 20 2014
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars You say you want a revolution.. Sept. 30 2013
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars nice movie March 16 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars just as promised Feb. 27 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Feb. 18 2014
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This was well acted and a beautiful story. Was shocked by the beginning but soon got into it. Watched it many times and still enjoy it. Well done to all the writers and actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good and delivery speedy!
Published 4 days ago by Sandra
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the acting was super but not something I would watch a second time
Published 6 days ago by Rosemary Gale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie LOT,S of information a great show to watch
Published 26 days ago by CUMA 3494
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See
Wow.Powerful script/movie/acting.But this is not a light movie.Subject matter is intense.Watching it once was enough-then I gave it away.Reality is harsh. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheater!
I didn't like this movie. I found it to be slow and boring.
Published 1 month ago by Judy chatters
4.0 out of 5 stars This film brought back lots of memories of growing up ...
This film brought back lots of memories of growing up in the 50's and 60's. It demonstrated well the stigmas that exist within cultures as well as the intolerance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME MOVIE...ONE OF MY FAV.
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as listed, fast shipping, thank you, A++++
Published 2 months ago by Cherri Lollipop
5.0 out of 5 stars butler
I haven,t total watch it thought get but will this weekend so ty for the movie but I,m sure love it
Published 3 months ago by Shannon Fehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening!
I am a history buff, most especially in the time frame on which this movie focused. Great movie, although for some younger people not alive during this time to witness the brutal... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Designer Lady
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