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The Help (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 August 2011 (USA)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director:

Tate Taylor

Writers:

Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Skeeter Phelan
Viola Davis ... Aibileen Clark
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Hilly Holbrook
Octavia Spencer ... Minny Jackson
Jessica Chastain ... Celia Foote
Ahna O'Reilly ... Elizabeth Leefolt
Allison Janney ... Charlotte Phelan
Anna Camp ... Jolene French
Eleanor Henry Eleanor Henry ... Mae Mobley
Emma Henry Emma Henry ... Mae Mobley
Chris Lowell ... Stuart Whitworth
Cicely Tyson ... Constantine Jefferson
Mike Vogel ... Johnny Foote
Sissy Spacek ... Missus Walters
Brian Kerwin ... Robert Phelan
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Change begins with a whisper.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Help See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,044,590, 14 August 2011

Gross USA:

$169,708,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,639,112
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek appeared in The Help (2011) and in JFK (1991). Both films are based in the 1960s during the time when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. Both films were critically acclaimed and both were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress in 1981 for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Stuart stands up frustrated that Skeeter won't accept his apology, his tie switches from being centered and off to the side in different shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aibileen Clark: I was born 1911, Chicksaw County, Piedmont Plantation.
Woman: And did you know as a girl growing up that one day you'd be a maid?
Aibileen Clark: Yes ma'am, I did.
Woman: And you knew that because...
Aibileen Clark: My mama was a maid. My grandmama was a house slave.
Woman: [whispering as she writes down] "house slave..." Did you ever dream of being something else?
Aibileen Clark: [nods yes]
Woman: What does it feel like to raise a white child when your own child's at home being looked after by somebody else?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Jackson
Written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler
Performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Outstanding
1 December 2012 | by rochelleaacSee all my reviews

Having never read the book but always wanting too, The help was an obvious choice whilst choosing a film for a quiet night in with friends.

Set in the 1960's, The Help tells the story of two black maids trying to make a decent living in the south. A heart warming, controversial tale of a struggle to be heard in a civilisation full of deaf ears.

Kudos to Taylor for representing both sides of the story. She portrays the ignorant racists as well as Skeeter's endeavour to make the world realise the immorality of the oppression. Emma Stone plays this well, despite bordering patronising a few times. Minny on the other hand manages to find a balance between an eye rolling, finger snapping, sarcastic stereotype and a headstrong, witty character. Aibileen also does this and still manages to keep it genuine as she creates a bond with one of the children she cares for telling her 'you is kind, you is smart, you is important' this was an important relationship in the film because it educates the audience about the emotional bond that developed between maids and those that they cared for.

Skeeter's tell all book provides an opportunity for a power shift from the black staff to their white owners and back and forth, providing a roller coaster of entertainment for the viewer.


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