What a cast! Lee Daniels' "The Butler" has a shitload of celebrities in it....

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    Aug 06, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    I had only seen a trailer or two but then I saw a commercial today. I ordinary am not a big historical movie type guy... Just not my genre. But I will definitely go see this. Wow!

    Robin Williams
    Liev Schreiber
    Vanessa Redgrave
    Forest Whitaker
    John Cusack
    Oprah Winfrey
    Jane Fonda
    Mariah Carey
    Alan Rickman
    Cuba Gooding Jr
    James Marsden
    Terrence Howard
    Alex Pettyfer
    Lenny Kravitz

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327773/fullcredits
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    Aug 06, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    Oscar Bait

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    Aug 08, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    GooberGeek saidOscar Bait

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    I think you're right.
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    Jul 12, 2015 1:14 AM GMT
    I just watched this on Netflix. Balled my eyes out. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth the watch.
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    Jul 13, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    I was disappointed, which I wasn't expecting. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe it seemed too much like a vanity project. Maybe because it seemed too derivative (think Esther Rolle's last scene shelling peas in "Driving Miss Daisy").

    But mostly it might be because I'd just revisited "Backstairs At The White House" on YouTube (they don't make miniseries like THAT anymore!), also based on the autobiography of a White House domestic (which when it came out prompted Jackie Kennedy to make non-disclosure agreements signed by the help mandatory).
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    Jul 13, 2015 10:15 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI was disappointed, which I wasn't expecting. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe it seemed too much like a vanity project. Maybe because it seemed too derivative (think Esther Rolle's last scene shelling peas in "Driving Miss Daisy").

    But mostly it might be because I'd just revisited "Backstairs At The White House" on YouTube (they don't make miniseries like THAT anymore!), also based on the autobiography of a White House domestic (which when it came out prompted Jackie Kennedy to make non-disclosure agreements signed by the help mandatory).

    I haven't seen the miniseries you're recommending, but there were a few things about this movie that I really liked, which wouldn't have been possible in an older presentation of this material. The most obvious was that we get to eventually see Obama's historical election, which makes for an inspiring ending. I also really liked how the Black Panther movement was juxtaposed with the "subversive" role of the domestics, as MLK's character put it. Probably, most of all, I liked the relationship between father and son, and also I'm a sucker for Oprah.icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 13, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    There were things I liked about "The Butler" but for pure entertainment I preferred "The Help."

    "Backstairs At The White House" also had a then all-star cast. I heard somewhere that "Roots" comes off so dated today that a remake's being considered (though casting TV's then-favorite white dads as malicious slaveowners was AMAZING, not to mention sunny Sandy Duncan as a two-faced racist southern belle), but "Backstairs" to me seemed as fresh and relevant today as it did then (though others might disagree).