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Lee Daniels' The Butler -- 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.
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Lee Daniels' The Butler -- The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
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Danny Strong (written by)
Wil Haygood (article)
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Release Date:
16 August 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
One quiet voice can ignite a revolution
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 13 wins & 45 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Forest Whitaker ... Cecil Gaines

David Banner ... Earl Gaines

Michael Rainey Jr. ... Cecil Gaines (8)

LaJessie Smith ... Abraham

Mariah Carey ... Hattie Pearl

Alex Pettyfer ... Thomas Westfall

Vanessa Redgrave ... Annabeth Westfall

Aml Ameen ... Cecil Gaines (15)

Clarence Williams III ... Maynard

John P. Fertitta ... Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta)

Jim Gleason ... R.D. Warner

Oprah Winfrey ... Gloria Gaines

Isaac White ... Charlie Gaines (10)

David Oyelowo ... Louis Gaines

Joe Chrest ... White Usher

Colman Domingo ... Freddie Fallows

Adriane Lenox ... Gina

Terrence Howard ... Howard

Tyson Ford ... Elroy

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Carter Wilson

Lenny Kravitz ... James Holloway

Pernell Walker ... Lorraine

James DuMont ... Sherman Adams
Robert Aberdeen ... Herbert Brownell

Robin Williams ... Dwight D. Eisenhower

John Cusack ... Richard Nixon

Olivia Washington ... Olivia

Yaya DaCosta ... Carol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)

Jesse Williams ... James Lawson
Margaret M. Owens ... Woolworth Diner Patron #1

Eric Ducote ... Woolworth Diner Patron #2

James Marsden ... John F. Kennedy

Minka Kelly ... Jacqueline Kennedy

Chloe Barach ... Caroline Kennedy

Danny Strong ... Freedom Bus Journalist
Clara Hopkins Daniels ... Freedom Bus Rider

Elijah Kelley ... Charlie Gaines (15-18)

Liev Schreiber ... Lyndon B. Johnson

Dana Gourrier ... Helen Holloway
Shirley Pugh ... Malcolm X Goer
Bill Newman ... Pastor

Nelsan Ellis ... Martin Luther King Jr.

Colin Walker ... John Ehrlichman

Alex Manette ... Bob Haldeman

Mo McRae ... Eldridge Huggins

Alan Rickman ... Ronald Reagan

Jane Fonda ... Nancy Reagan
Rusty Robertson ... Senator Robertson

Nealla Gordon ... Senator Kassebaum

Stephen Rider ... Admiral Rochon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andre Allemand ... Bridge Protester (uncredited)

John L. Armijo ... Eisenhower's Military Adviser (uncredited)

Jon Arthur ... BET Videographer (uncredited)

Rex Baker ... Protester (uncredited)

Patton Brantley ... Handsome Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Joshua Braud ... Josh (uncredited)
Warren Burger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Blake Burt ... Protester (uncredited)
Carroll Burt ... Man at Water Fountain (uncredited)
Jonathan Aaron Butler ... College Student (uncredited)
Tom Cain ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rosalynn Carter ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Two-Star General (uncredited)
JJ Coker ... James Baker (uncredited)
Markeith Coleman ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Ross P. Cook ... Embassy Protester (uncredited)

Duane Cothren ... Military Social Aide (uncredited)
Haylie Creppel ... White House Child (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven J. Daniels ... Protestor (uncredited)

Robert 'Bigg Sarge' Deon ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Donna Duplantier ... Barbara Gaines (uncredited)

Alex Eldimiati ... JBJ Aide (uncredited)

Jazzy Ellis ... College Student (uncredited)

Guy Fernandez ... Black Panther (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Redd Foxx ... Fred Sanford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Justin Gant ... Diner Attacker (uncredited)

Ray Gaspard ... Pat Buchanan (uncredited)
Tyler Gibbs ... Jim Counter MGR (uncredited)

Ron Glass ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Douglas M. Griffin ... White Mob Leader (uncredited)
Brandon Guttuso ... Homeless Person (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... Redneck Bar Patron (uncredited)
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. ... White House Guest (uncredited)

A. Michelle Harleston ... D.C. Bus Station Passenger's Mother (uncredited)

Sadarias Harrell ... DC Bus Rider / Prisoner / Rioter (uncredited)
Rodney Hebert ... White House Engineer (uncredited)
Donna Hubbs ... 1930s Lady Served Martini (uncredited)
Rahsaana Ison ... Woman in Waiting Room (uncredited)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

David Jensen ... MacGeorge Bundy (uncredited)
Jim Johnson ... Eisenhower Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... Barfly (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gladys Knight ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alex Ladove ... Protester (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... US Navy Admiral (uncredited)
Wanda Leigh ... Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson (uncredited)

Hal Linden ... Barney Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sam Malone ... Young Abraham (uncredited)

John R Mangus ... Mississippi Jail Guard (uncredited)

Starlette Miariaunii ... College Student (uncredited)

Mike R. Moreau ... LBJ Aide (uncredited)

Dorian Morrison ... Rioter (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mary Katherine Oglesby ... White House Child (uncredited)
Monicah Owino ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Darryl Perrilloux ... Washington DC Rioter (uncredited)

Jeffrey Poitier ... White House Butler (uncredited)

Renato Powell ... Chef (uncredited)

Philippe Radelet ... Houseman (uncredited)

Tarra Riggs ... Sophie Wilson (uncredited)

Xosha Roquemore ... Foxy (uncredited)

Corrina Roshea ... White House Guest (uncredited)

Aaron Saxton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Carl Singleton ... White House Butler (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Reagan Reception Attendee (uncredited)

Kay Smith ... Diane Nash (uncredited)

Jim Sojka ... White House Engineer (uncredited)
Andrew j Spinks ... LBJ Secret Service (uncredited)

Marco St. John ... Chief Justice Warren Burger (uncredited)

Jason Stanly ... Reagan Marine Color Guard (uncredited)
Valerie Strecker ... Excelsior Guest (uncredited)

Craig Tate ... Hobo (uncredited)

Shirley Tregre ... Mob Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Uzzell ... Angry Mob Member (uncredited)
Bob Walker ... JFK VIP Friend (uncredited)

Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dean J. West ... White House Reporter (uncredited)
Michael Whitener ... (uncredited)

Demond Wilson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jake Wynne-Wilson ... Reagan's Body Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Daniels 
 
Writing credits
Danny Strong (written by)

Wil Haygood (article: "A Butler Well Served by This Election")

Produced by
Horatio Bacon .... associate producer
Julia Barry .... co-producer
Len Blavatnik .... executive producer
Charles Sauveur Bonan .... co-executive producer
James T. Bruce IV .... executive producer
Lee Daniels .... producer
Elizabeth Destro .... executive producer
Cassian Elwes .... producer
Eric Falkenstein .... associate producer
Michael Finley .... executive producer
Allen Frederic .... co-executive producer
Manos Gavras .... associate producer
Aviv Giladi .... executive producer
Adonis Hadjiantonas .... executive producer
Wil Haygood .... associate producer
Andrew Herwitz .... associate producer
Valerie Hoffman .... co-producer
Vince Holden .... executive producer
David Jacobson .... co-producer
Brett Johnson .... executive producer
Sheila C. Johnson .... executive producer (as Sheila Johnson)
Jordan Kessler .... executive producer
Kim Leadford .... co-executive producer
Harry I. Martin Jr. .... co-executive producer
Adam Merims .... executive producer
Christina Papagjika .... associate producer
Buddy Patrick .... producer
Ari Daniel Pinchot .... co-executive producer
David Ranes .... executive producer
Jonathan Rubenstein .... co-executive producer
Bobby Sain .... associate producer
Matthew Salloway .... executive producer
Simone Sheffield .... co-producer
Hilary Shor .... executive producer
Earl W. Stafford .... executive producer
Danny Strong .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Pamela Oas Williams .... producer
R. Bryan Wright .... executive producer
Laura Ziskin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rodrigo Leão 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates (co-editor)
Joe Klotz 
 
Casting by
Leah Daniels  (as Leah Daniels-Butler)
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Tim Galvin 
 
Art Direction by
Lori Agostino 
Erik Polczwartek 
Jason Baldwin Stewart 
 
Set Decoration by
Diane Lederman 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Dana Boisseau .... hair stylist
Kelly Capoccia .... lab technician
Daina Daigle .... assistant hair stylist
Debra Denson .... makeup department head
Debra Denson .... makeup designer
Marcos Gonzales .... additional hairstylist
Lee Grimes .... prosthetic makeup artist
Jamie Hess .... w.m. creations, inc: prosthetic makeup coordinator
Courtney Lether .... prosthetics makeup artist
Jonah Levy .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Shawn McCracken .... prosthetic key sculptor
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup design and application
Candace Neal .... hair department head
Douglas Noe .... key prosthetic artist
Koji Ohmura .... prosthetic key sculptor
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup department head
LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin .... makeup artist
Kellie Robinson .... makeup artist
Yolanda Sheridan .... key makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... head hairstylist
Aimee Stuit .... prosthetics makeup assistant
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic makeup designer
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
 
Production Management
Gerry Robert Byrne .... post-production supervisor
Adam Merims .... unit production manager
Jen Wall .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark E. Brown .... additional second assistant director (as Mark Brown)
Mark E. Brown .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Mark Brown)
Peter Dress .... second assistant director
Renee Marsella .... key second assistant director: second unit
Anastacia C. Nemec .... second second assistant director (as Anastasia Carmel Nemec)
Lisa C. Satriano .... first assistant director
Nick Satriano .... first assistant director: second unit
Sebastian Silva .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Spencer J. Abadie .... painter
Michael Arena .... greensman
David Keith Broome .... lead greensman
Shane Buckallew .... lead plaster/staff shop supervisor
Eddie Burcham .... set dresser
Jonathan Cappel .... set dresser: reshoots
John B. Clarey III .... foreman
Todd Clevenger .... paint foreman
Randall S. Coe .... construction coordinator
Iggie Colomer .... set dresser
Gus Coto .... leadman
Michael Dares .... set dresser
Daniel T. Dorrance .... production designer: additional photography
Stephen P. Durante .... set dresser
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... set dresser
Will Eastin .... graphic designer
Nicholas Ellerbee .... carpenter
Stephen Finders .... props
Sarah Forrest .... set designer
Sonia L. Garcia .... paint gangboss (as L. Sonia Garcia)
Michelle C. Harmon .... set designer
John Herbert .... paint supervisor
Roger Johnson .... graphic designer
Daniel E. Kiker .... painter
Kevin Ladson .... property master
Kristin Lekki .... graphic artist
Austin T. LeValley .... on-set greensman
Ken Lewis Jr. .... plasterer
Jordan Lightner .... set dresser
John Lindsay .... greensman
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Charlie Mann .... carpenter
Steve Martemucci .... construction foreman
Kimberly Murphy .... set dec buyer
Jessica Navran .... set decorator: additional photography
Noel Rideout .... prop assistant
Blake Roussel .... utility technician
Sonda Rowlan .... painter
George Sanchez .... plasterer gang boss
Sian C. Sanzone .... painter
Carlos Savant .... staff shop foreman
Mike Scherschel .... property master: additional photography
Robin Simmerly .... art department coordinator
Deanna Simmons .... set decoration buyer
Garin Sparks .... constructor
Cydney Tucker .... clearances coordinator
Brett Tyler .... paint gangboss
Brian A. Waits .... set designer
David Warburton .... assistant property master
Dave Whatley .... plasterer/staff shop mold maker
Niko Zahlten .... prop assistant
Tony Ziegler .... set dresser
Chris Craine .... illustrator (uncredited)
Kyle S. Plowden .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... additional sound mixer
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Berger .... re-recording engineer
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr mixer
Cary Clark .... engineer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Fredrick Cuevas .... adr recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound editor
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting: new york
Heather Gross .... foley editor
Robert Hein .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Steven Huerstel .... utility
Dan Izen .... production sound mixer: second unit
Daniel Kuzila .... sound utility: additional photography
Avi Laniado .... Sound Engineer
Erik H. Magnus .... sound mixer: additional photography (as Erik Magnus)
John Jay Martyn .... adr recordist
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Reagan Mendoza .... adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Branka Mrkic .... supervising dialogue editor
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator
James Eck Rippie .... boom operator (second unit)
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Cariella Smith .... foley artist
Brian Tarlecki .... assistant adr recordist
Billy Theriot .... adr mixer
Debby VanPoucke .... sound designer
David Wahnon .... dialogue editor
Jared Watt .... boom operator: additional photography
Alexa Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician
Brad Manis .... special effects foreman
Jake Whitney .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jordan Alphonso .... digital compositor
Osvaldo Andreaus .... digital compositor: The Molecule
Michael Barnett .... compositor
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects executive producer: The Molecule
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects producer
Nate Davis .... digital film scanner
Victor DiMichina .... production supervisor: Pixel Magic
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor: The Molecule
Charlotta Forssman .... visual effects editor
Mark Scott Friedman .... compositing supervisor
Namjin Heo .... digital compositor: The Molecule
Chad Herrada .... visual effects artist
Brian Houlihan .... digital compositor
Dae Yoon Kang .... digital compositor
Jacob Kebodeaux .... visual effects artist
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor/producer
Austin Meyers .... compositing supervisor
Patrick Paul Mullane .... matte painter: pixel magic
Michael Nikitin .... compositor
Victoria Penzes .... compositor
Matthew T. Perry .... digital compositor
Scott Saling .... digital compositor
Rick Shick .... digital compositor
Aniela Sidorska .... visual effects producer
Jonathan Skabla .... digital compositor
Nicholas Sorenson .... digital compositor
Patrick Trahan .... digital compositor
Anton Tsolov .... digital compositor
Jung Um .... digital compositor
J. Thomas Wilson .... compositor
 
Stunts
Sean Paul Braud .... stunts
Jeff Brockton .... stunt performer
Scheryl W Brown .... stunt double: Yaya DaCosta
Jay Caputo .... stunt performer
Alfred Carter .... stunt performer
Alex Coker .... stunt performer
Danny Cosmo .... stunt player
Kurt DeVille .... stunt performer (as Kurt Deville)
Alyma Dorsey .... stunt actor
Danny Epper .... stunt performer
Nick Epper .... stunts
Chris J. Fanguy .... stunt performer
Guy Fernandez .... stunt performer
Jeff Galpin .... stunt coordinator
Tyler Galpin .... stunt performer
Justin Gant .... stunt performer
Lex D. Geddings .... additional stunt coordinator
Luke Hawx .... stunts
Casey Hendershot .... stunt performer
Floyd Anthony Johns Jr. .... stunt performer
Nito Larioza .... utility stunts
Kortney Manns .... stunt double: David Oyelowo
Aaron Matthews .... stunt performer
Ian Mclaughlin .... water safety
Travis Merindino .... stunt performer
David Andrew Nash .... stunts
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... stunt performer
Dan B. Norris .... stunt performer
Holly O'Quin .... stunt performer
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... additional stunt coordinator
Meredith Richardson .... stunt performer
Mike Seal .... stunts
Maria Sova .... stunt performer
Larnell Stovall .... stunts
Dother Sykes .... stunt performer
Matt Thompson .... stunts
Madison Turner .... stunts
Tierre Turner .... stunts
Kevin Waterman .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joshua Anderson .... additional rigging electrician
Troy Anderson .... additional rigging electric
Grayson Austin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Grayson Austin .... steadicam operator
Gerald Autin .... rigging grip
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Scott Calcagno .... rigging best boy: reshoots
Michael Charbonnet .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Pete Chiaramonte .... lighting technician
Kenneth Coblentz .... dolly grip: Additional Unit
Duane Cooper .... rigging best boy grip
Larry Cottrill .... balloon lighting technician
Corey Erwin .... rigging electrician
Kevin Fannon .... grip
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Carter Lee Garrett .... lighting technician
Hilton Garrett .... best boy grip
Tyler Garrett .... grip
Brad Garris .... electrician: day player
Mike Grace .... rigging electrician
Nicholas Groetsch .... video utility
Henry Guzman .... rigging electrician
John C. Hoffler Jr. .... additional film loader
Tom Hutchinson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Francis James .... camera operator: second unit
Francis James .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Lacy .... first assistant camera
King Lanaux .... rigging key grip
Justin LeBlanc .... electrician
Ronnie LeBlanc .... rigging electric (as Ronald Leblanc)
Len Levine .... chief lighting technician
Joshua Lilly .... additional electrician
Joshua Lilly .... lighting technician: second unit
Luis Lopez DeVictoria .... additional camera operator
Raul J. Marin .... rigging grip
Gregg Marion .... additional rigging electric
Bradley Martin .... additional lighting technician
Michael C. McCullough II .... additional video assist operator: additional photography
Jon McGinty .... stage rigging electrician
Mason McGuire .... additional lamp operator
Dan McKee .... film loader
Aeron McKeough .... second assistant camera
Damon Meledones .... digital imaging technician: second unit
Robert Morrison .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Josh Oliver .... rigging electrician
Jerone A. Ordon Sr. .... grip
Sam Pearcy .... daily second assistant camera
Jason Prowell .... generator operator
Jonathan E. Robinson .... second assistant "a" camera
Derek A. Schwebel .... video assist
Zach Smithers .... additional lighting technician
Marcus Stanley .... dimmer board operator
Shawn Stone .... rigging grip
Michael Stumpf .... additional camera operator
Michael Stumpf .... camera operator: "a" camera, re-shoots
Michael Stumpf .... steadicam operator: re-shoots
Chad Taylor .... film loader: second unit
Rodney Taylor .... director of photography: additional photography
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator: "a" camera
John Vinson .... rigging grip
Ben Wachsmann .... rigging grip
Amanda Warning .... rigging electrician
Kristopher Weaver .... lighting technician
Jeremy Webre .... dolly grip
Jordan Whaley .... additional lighting technician
Alexander B. Williams .... video assist
Justin Wright .... electrician
Andy Young .... grip
Casey Zimmerman .... additional electrical
 
Animation Department
Brett Mogavero .... animator
 
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... extras casting coordinator
Kacee Devoe .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Ashley Ingram .... casting associate: New York
Meagan Lewis .... location casting: New Orleans
Christopher Stoudt .... extras casting
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kasey C. Bazil .... costumer: Mr. Whitaker
Malikka Coston .... key fitter
Carmen Rodrigues Davis .... costume coordinator (as Carmen L. Rodrigues)
Annette Farnsworth .... set costumer
Mollie Gates .... costumer
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor
Seth M. Johnson .... costume production assistant (as Seth Johnson)
Jennifer Kamrath .... principal set costumer
Barbara Marko .... costumer
Mustapha Mimis .... key set costumer
Misti Moreaux .... costumer
Melissa Reed .... truck costumer
Janet Marie Ross .... costumer
Janet Marie Ross .... set costumer
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... key costumer
Laura Faye Sirkin-Brown .... seamstress
Wendy Talley .... costume supervisor
Haik Tateossian .... fabric dyer & printer
Jen Wasson .... shopper
Lesley D. Wickham .... ager/dyer
Chloe Ji Yoon .... costume illustrator
 
Editorial Department
Nate Davis .... drs
Rick Derby .... assistant editor
Ulysses Guidotti .... first assistant editor
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Christi Leftwich .... digital intermediate assist
Eric Leverenz .... on-line editor
Max Ethan Miller .... post-production assistant
Ryan Rolandelli .... digital intermediate assistant
Patrick Rossi .... digital intermediate scanner
Kat Spiess .... first assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Kristen Troyansky .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... music arranger
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Dana Sano .... executive music producer
Ben Schor .... music editor
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Bruce White .... viola
Nick Wollage .... score engineer & mixer
Dave Foster .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Donald Dibartolo .... driver
Darrell Dumestre .... picture cars
Lionel C. Johnson .... driver
Gregory 'Stepper' Jones .... driver: honeywagon
Aaron Pigg .... production van driver/generator operator
 
Other crew
Joaquin Aragon .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Evan Arnold .... assistant to Ms. Williams
Bianca Arvin .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Kim Bailey .... assistant: Mr. Elwes
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Teall Barnes .... interactive media
Wendy Benge .... finance attorney
Maxwell Berry .... location production assistant
Butchie Beverly .... on set locations (as James 'Butchie' Beverly)
Alex Lee Bonner .... production assistant: DC unit
Sean Bredbenner .... set production assistant: Washington DC
Christian Brown .... production assistant
Christopher Butler .... intern
Kris Butler .... medic
Lisa M. Calhoun .... production assistant
Erika Canchola .... financial legal services
Batou Chandler .... location scout
Angie Conners .... international marketing
Trang Dang .... assistant production coordinator
John R.C. Davis .... production coordinator: additional photography
Brittney Diez .... production assistant
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach: prep
Frank Duffy .... location coordinator
David Fields .... locations scout
Jason Frannino .... animal wrangler
Charlie French .... locations
Evan Gabriele .... assistant location manager
Jillian Gallant .... production assistant
Jillian Gallant .... stand-in for oprah winfrey
Jeff Galpin .... head animal trainer
Bryan Gardiner .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Laurie Gershon .... clearance supervisor
Ryan Gomez .... first assistant accountant
Shane Grady .... hand double: Liev Schreiber
Shane Grady .... stand-in: Liev Schreiber
Kerry Kelly Gridley .... stand in: Minka Kelly
Deborah Harpur .... production resources
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Forest Whitaker
Jocelyn Jones .... dramaturg: Forest Whitaker
Michael S. Jones .... location scout
Chris Kibler .... construction accountant
Ashlee Kilchrist .... production assistant
Stephen Kinigopoulos .... production assistant
Mickey Lambert .... co-location manager
Margaret Lancaster .... craft service head
John Landers .... craft service
Carl Lawson .... production secretary
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant
E. Cameron Lewis .... office production assistant
Pearl Lieberman .... additional archival consultant
Danielle Loosemore .... second assistant accountant: wrap
Jakel Marshall .... stand-in
Cristen Martemucci .... Cast Assistant
Virginia McCollam .... location manager
Peter McGrew .... set production assistant
Matt McLellan .... location manager: additional photography
René Merino .... additional production assistant
Mark Miller .... payroll accountant
Rachael Nisenkier .... assistants to Pam Williams Productions
Brian Nitzkin .... business & legal affairs
Mary Anne Olinsky .... production assistant
Jason Derrick Ousley .... additional set dressings
Richard Papier .... food stylist
Chantel Passantino .... second assistant accountant (as Chantel Forest)
Ashley Gwen Patrick .... base camp production assistant: additional photography
Jacqui Popelka .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Powell .... business & legal affairs
Brie Puneky .... cast assistant
Elsa Ramo .... financial legal services
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
Patience Rayford .... production assistant
Mike Revell .... production accountant
Ryan Robison .... cast assistant
Adam Ryan .... key set medic
Tyler Samardick .... assistant craft service
Amy Sanderson .... script supervisor
Ashley Renee Saunders .... travel coordinator
Trevor Schliefer .... background production assistant
Trevor Schliefer .... background production assistant: reshoot
Trevor Schliefer .... production assistant
Kelsey Schuyler .... assistant post-production accountant
Robert Segari .... stand-in for Jim Gleason
Daniel Seth .... assistant: Forest Whitaker
Jordan M. Sloane .... intern: pre-production
David B. Smallman .... fair use counsel
Davida Smith .... producer's assistant: Mr. Merims
Rachel Stratman .... assistants to Pam Williams Productions
Jordan Sudduth .... stand-in
Scott Varnado .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Justin Christopher Vaughn .... stand-in
Lauren Von Huene .... production coordinator
Bob Wasserman .... archival assistant
Tom Westfall .... first assistant to Mr. Daniels
Doug Wilcox II .... stand-in
Douglas Wilcox II .... stand-in: Jesse Williams
Olga Wilhelmine .... stand in for vanessa redgrave
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness professional
Debra Woods Kaufmann .... key second accountant
Pete Cross .... dialect coach: Minka Kelly (uncredited)
Chris Marroy .... additional voices (uncredited)
Chaz Smith .... stand-in (uncredited)
Anne Stimac .... product placement and production resources (uncredited)
Kevin Wigfall .... assistant: Terrence Howard (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Larry Ladove .... special thanks
Schuyler Moore .... thanks: legal (as Schuyler M. Moore)
David B. Smallman .... special thanks
Laura Ziskin .... in memory of
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Butler" - USA (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking
Runtime:
132 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Maritimes/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:12 | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #48517)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Melissa Leo was cast as Mamie Eisenhower, but her scenes were cut.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the White House scenes from 1957, the U.S. flag has 50 stars. Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959, so the 1957 flag should have 48 stars.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Cecil Gaines:The only thing I ever knew was cotton. It was hard work.
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228 out of 432 people found the following review useful.
Uninspiring and thoroughly over-hyped., 15 August 2013
Author: Godnesss from United States

For anyone who has seen The Help this is the less elegant version.. Actually this isn't elegant at all, it's just bland and poorly done. Nothing really happens, and even though the tagline is "One quiet voice can ignite a revolution" very little actually happens in the film..

First off Whitaker is thoroughly underwhelming, which is honestly surprising. I often enjoy his films, but he is totally uninspiring in this.

Oprah has gotten a lot of buzz due to her role, many even talking about Oscar noms. Is it that good? No... I must admit I was a little biased coming into this due to her publicity stunt with regards to the whole "Swiss purse" incident.

Jane Fonda, a die-hard liberal in the role of Nancy Reagan would be akin to casting Jon Voight as FDR. In other words, it doesn't make any sense and instead jumps out as an eye sore.

My biggest problem with this film is the lack of any grace. It's just a race guilt tripping wet dream.... The Help was funny, it was touching and the actresses did phenomenal. While watching The Butler I couldn't get past "oh that's Oprah, there's Jane Fonda.."

To close, don't see this. It's boring, it's not entertaining, it doesn't have any memorable performances, many needless guest stars, and of course Oprah. You are much better off renting The Help for a truly enjoyable film where you don't finish the movie feeling uncomfortable for being white.

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