Friday, September 6, 2013

Movie Review - Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)


Release Date August 16, 2013

Running Time:  132 minutes

Genre:  Biography/Drama

Director:  Lee Daniels

Writers:  Danny Strong, Wil Haygood (article)

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Brief Description:  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.



Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines

Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines

David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines

Elijah Kelley as Charlie Gaines


Actors cast as United States Presidents

Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower

James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy

Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson

John Cusack as President Richard Nixon

Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan

Leslie's Notes

My 16-year-old daughter, Sara, and I saw the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" the day it was released. Sara loves history and I was intrigued after viewing a few previews for the film this summer. We both really liked the movie, especially the actors cast as the U.S. Presidents. James Marsden’s portrayal of President John F. Kennedy is amazing!

Lee Daniels' The Butler has been Number 1 at the
Box Office for the past three weeks!

 Browse the most recent weekly U.S. box office summary, and find links to the top box office performers, top rentals, and much more -- including lists of the best (and worst) movies in all categories, voted on by our users.
Rank Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) $20.2M $79.5M 3
2 One Direction: This Is Us (2013) $18.5M $18.5M 1
3 We're the Millers (2013) $16.3M $113M 4
4 Planes (2013) $10.9M $74M 4
5 Instructions Not Included (2013) $10.4M $10.4M 1

1 comment:

  1. I've heard good things about this movie from women in my Bunco group. I'm surprised at the actors playing presidents.