Movie Review, The Butler directed by Lee Daniels

By MILT GROSS | Mar 02, 2014

The Butler directed by Lee Daniels

This movie was excellent.

Forest Whitaker did a great job as White House butler Cecil Gaines, who held that  position through eight presidents.

But the drama was really two stories, both true, Gaines as the butler and his family’s part of the civil rights drama that shook the nation into modifying its hateful attitude toward blacks and moving along somewhat the status of blacks in what is supposed to be the land of the free and brave.

It was a bit shocking to view the White House pomp and ceremony, right down to the staff wearing white gloves and seeing how various Presidents acted in times of stress. More shocking was the footage of the civil rights movement with news footage showing how awful blacks were treated in a so-called modern society. I’ve seen that footage before, and it was just as terrible this time.

Gaine’s son was featured in the civil rights portrayals, but the entire family was involved to some degree.

The cast of this emotional drama also included Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Ovelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, and Clarence Williams II. This cast created an outstanding performance in combining the formal White House, the realistic Presidents, and the players in the civil rights movement. offers the DVD for $16.70 with used ones at $4.99. Their Blu-Ray Combo is priced at $29.96. We rented our DVD from

I think, whether you like the topic or not, this is a must-see for everyone who wants to see the U.S. improve as time passes.

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Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014

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