Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times. Written by
Walt Disney Pictures
Change begins with a whisper.
10 August 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $26,044,590
(12 August 2011)
(2 March 2012)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film takes place in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. This is when and where Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. Real life national news headlines of the assassination are used in the film at about an hour and 20 minutes into the film. See more
Skeeter is shown using liquid paper, which in 1963 was still being sold out of its inventor's house and was not yet widely available. People used hard, round "typewriter erasers" and brushes to correct typing errors. See more
I was born 1911, Chicksaw County, Piedmont Plantation.
And did you know as a girl growing up that one day you'd be a maid?
Yes ma'am, I did.
And you knew that because...
My mama was a maid. My grandmama was a house slave.
[whispering as she writes down
"house slave..." Did you ever dream of being something else?
What does it feel like to raise a white child when your own child's at home being looked after by somebody else?
Swingin' on a Rainbow
Written by Peter De Angelis
, Robert P. Marcucci
(as Robert Marucci)
Performed by Frankie Avalon
Courtesy of Orchard Enterprises NY, Inc.
By arrangement with Nola Leone/
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