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Lee Daniels' The Butler Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Director Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article, the film features Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard M. Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 16, 2013

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Matthew Mungle Best Makeup and Hair 2013 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Forest Whitaker Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Oprah Winfrey Best Supporting Actress 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Oprah Winfrey Best Supporting Actress 2013 Nominee

Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Cecil Gaines
Oprah Winfrey
as Gloria Gaines
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Carter Wilson
Terrence Howard
as Howard
Alan Rickman
as Ronald Reagan
Jane Fonda
as Nancy Reagan
John Cusack
as Richard Nixon
James Marsden
as John F. Kennedy
Minka Kelly
as Jacqueline Kennedy
David Oyelowo
as Louis Gaines
Alex Pettyfer
as Thomas Westfall
Robin Williams
as Dwight D. Eisenhower
Alex Manette
as H.R. Haldeman
Mariah Carey
as Hattie Pearl
Lenny Kravitz
as James Holloway
Vanessa Redgrave
as Annabeth Westfall
Liev Schreiber
as Lyndon B. Johnson
Colman Domingo
as Freddie Fallows
Nelsan Ellis
as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Elijah Kelley
as Charlie Gaines
Aml Ameen
as Young Cecil Gaines (15)
David Banner
as Earl Gaines
Michael Rainey, Jr.
as Cecil Gaines

Crew

Lee Daniels
Director
Lee Daniels
Producer
Hilary Shor
Producer
Laura Ziskin
Producer
Cassian Elwes
Producer
Danny Strong
Screenwriter
Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer
Joe Klotz
Editor
Tim Galvin
Production Designer
David Jacobson
Co-producer
Valerie Hoffman
Co-producer
Simone Sheffield
Co-producer
Andrew Herwitz
Associate Producer
Hilary Shor
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Danny Strong
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Adam Merims
Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Diane Lederman
Set Decorator
Lisa Satriano
First Assistant Director
Robin Batherson
Casting
Meagan Lewis
Casting
Debra Denson
Department Head Makeup
Debra Denson
Makeup
Jen Wall
Production Supervisor
Dana Hart
Costumes Supervisor
Guy Clayton
Special Effects Coordinator
Jay Meagher
Production Sound Mixer
Leah Daniels-Butler
Casting Director
Dana Sano
Executive Music Producer
Douglas Noe
Makeup
Peter Dress
Second Assistant Director
Andrew Bly
Visual Effects Executive Producer
Brian A. Kates
Co-Editor
Sebasti√°n Silva
Second Unit Director
Matthew Mungle
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Billy Hopkins
Casting Director
Adam Merims
Unit Production Manager
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