Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler Brief Information

Lee Daniels' The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels, written by Danny Strong, and featuring an ensemble cast. Inspired by the real-life account of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler. It was the last film produced by Laura Ziskin, who died in 2011.

The film was theatrically released by The Weinstein Company on August 16, 2013 to positive reviews.

Lee Daniels' The Butler News

• 'The Butler' tops weekend box office, 'We're the Millers' next
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• Mariah Carey says she was spat on because of race as child

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