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Eugene Allen spent 34 years working as a caretaker at the White House beginning in 1952; by the time Allen retired in 1986, he had served as the butler for a total of seven sitting U.S. presidents, starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower and ending on Ronald Reagan. This fall’s awards-bait release, The Butler, is a dramatization of his experiences, with Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last Stand) headlining as the eponymous protagonist inspired by Allen, who has been re-named Cecil Gaines in the film biopic.

Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) costar as Gaines’ wife and his son, who find themselves at odds about their approach to social upheaval – the passive resistance favored by Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. versus more aggressive tactics preferred by organizations like the Black Panthers – and whether Cecil is part of the problem ...

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