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 Help (2011) featured the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winners of 1980. Sissy Spacek won Best Actress for Coal Miner's Daughter
(1980) and Mary Steenburgen won Best Supporting Actress for Melvin and Howard (1980). 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?
Referenced in Monster Man: Wee Boots
Written by Jerry Leiber
and Billy Edd Wheeler
Performed by Johnny Cash
and June Carter Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
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