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Feat. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Clarence Williams III, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Cuba Jr. Gooding, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo
Synopsis: In this sweeping prestige drama, Forest Whitaker plays long-serving White House butler Eugene Allen, who worked under no less than eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years.
Aroview: A stagy but sincere history of post-war Black America from the point of view of a White House servant (played by Forest Whitaker). It works as a pointed reminder that it has been a very short time since the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s and that the election of a black president in 2008 was only another stage in the fight for freedom and equivalence that has been ongoing since the Civil War. It works less well as pure drama, despite a marvellous performance by Oprah Winfrey as Whitaker’s long-suffering wife – where has she been since THE COLOR PURPLE? Oh, right. I remember. ~ Dan Slevin
Average rating (Good Try). Showing 1-2 of 2 member reviews.
0 star (Not rated) fantastic story fantastic stock footage of barack obamarnfantastic history ~natebeav
2 stars (Good Try) The historical events within the screenplay have been thrashed to death but the production values are very good and the make-up people deserve a mention for their ageing of Whittaker. ~tubbs
Reference Links: Butler, TheDan Slevin film review.
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