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The Butler

The Butler
  • 2013
  • USA
  • 132 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lee Daniels
  • Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
  • UK release: 15 November 2013

Loosely based on a true story, Daniels' ritzy crash-course in US history follows Cecil Gaines (Whitaker), who rises from impoverished cottonfield worker to butler at the White House. It's pure Hollywood moonshine, but the stunt casting (Cusack as Nixon, Rickman as Reagan) sweetens the parallel story of Gaines' rebellious son (Banner). Ponderous, but undeniably entertaining.

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The Butler

13 Nov 20133 stars

Entertaining and ritzy drama about a White House butler, with big name cameos

Director Lee Daniels elected himself as a righteous spoke-person for social rights issues with the award-winning Precious, only to crash and burn with the ridiculously sleazy all-star potboiler The Paperboy. The Butler sees Daniels get his teeth into…

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