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Runtime: 132 min

Genres: Biography | Drama

Languages: English

Countries: USA

LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award (R) nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy (R)-award winning Danny Strong (GAME CHANGE). (c) Weinstein

Directors (1)

Writers (2)

Danny Strong (written by)
Wil Haygood (article: "A Butler Well Served by This Election")

Composers (1)

Editors (2)

Cinematographers (1)

Andrew Dunn director of photography

Actors (128)

Aaron Saxton Prison Guard (uncredited)
Adriane Lenox Gina
Adrienne Esteen Protestor (uncredited)
Alaine Huntington White House Guest (uncredited)
Alan Rickman Ronald Reagan
Alex Eldimiati JBJ aid (uncredited)
Alex Ladove Protester (uncredited)
Alex Manette Bob Haldeman
Alex Pettyfer Thomas Westfall
Aml Ameen Cecil Gaines (15)
Andre Allemand Bridge Protester (uncredited)
Andrew j Spinks LBJ Secret Service (uncredited)
Barack Obama Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Newman Pastor
Blake Burt Protester (uncredited)
Bob Walker JFK VIP Friend (uncredited)
Brandon Guttuso Homeless Person (uncredited)
Carl Singleton White House Butler (uncredited)
Carroll Burt Man at Water Fountain (uncredited)
Chaz Smith Reagan Reception Attendee (uncredited)
Chloe Barach Caroline Kennedy
Clara Hopkins Daniels Freedom Bus Rider
Clarence Williams III Maynard
Colin Walker John Ehrlichman
Colman Domingo Freddie Fallows
Corrina Roshea White House Guest (uncredited)
Craig Tate Hobo (uncredited)
Cuba Gooding Jr. Carter Wilson
Dana Michelle Gourrier Helen Holloway
Danny Strong Freedom Bus Journalist
Darryl Perrilloux Washington DC Rioter (uncredited)
David Banner Earl Gaines
David Jensen MacGeorge Bundy (uncredited)
David Oyelowo Louis Gaines
Dean J. West White House Reporter (uncredited)
Donna DuPlantier Barbara Gaines (uncredited)
Donna Hubbs 1930's Lady Served Martini (uncredited)
Dorian Morrison Rioter (uncredited)
Douglas M. Griffin White Mob Leader (uncredited)
Duane Cothren Military Social Aide (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare Two Star General (uncredited)
Elijah Kelley Charlie Gaines (15-18)
Elton LeBlanc Admiral, US Navy (uncredited)
Eric Ducote Woolworth Diner Patron #2
Forest Whitaker Cecil Gaines
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. White House Guest (uncredited)
Gerald Ford Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Fernandez Black Panther (uncredited)
Hal Linden Barney Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)
Haylie Creppel White House Child (uncredited)
Isaac White Charlie Gaines (10)
Jake Wynne-Wilson Reagan's Body Man (uncredited)
James DuMont Sherman Adams
James Marsden John F. Kennedy
Jane Fonda Nancy Reagan
Jason Stanly Reagan Marine Color Guard (uncredited)
Jazzy Ellis College Student (uncredited)
Jeffrey Poitier White House Butler (uncredited)
Jesse Williams James Lawson
Jim Gleason R.D. Warner
Jim Johnson Eisenhower Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Jim Sojka White House Engineer (uncredited)
Jimmy Carter Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
JJ Coker James Baker (uncredited)
Joe Chrest White Usher
John Cusack Richard Nixon
John L. Armijo Eisenhowers Military Adviser (uncredited)
John P. Fertitta Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta)
John R Mangus Mississippi Jail Guard (uncredited)
Jon Arthur BET Videographer (uncredited)
Jonathan Aaron Butler College Student (uncredited)
Joseph Uzzell Angry Mob Member (uncredited)
Joshua Braud Josh (uncredited)
Justin Edward Davis Pool Teenager (uncredited)
Justin Gant Diner Attacker (uncredited)
Kay Smith Diane Nash (uncredited)
LaJessie Smith Abraham
Lenny Kravitz James Holloway
Liev Schreiber Lyndon B. Johnson
Marco St. John Chief Justice Warren Burger (uncredited)
Margaret M. Owens Woolworth Diner Patron #1
Mariah Carey Hattie Pearl
Mark Joyce Barfly (uncredited)
Markeith Coleman Prisoner (uncredited)
Martin Luther King Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mary Katherine Oglesby White House Child (uncredited)
Michael Rainey Jr. Cecil Gaines (8)
Michael Whitener (uncredited)
A. Michelle Harleston D.C. Bus Station Passengers Parent (uncredited)
Minka Kelly Jacqueline Kennedy
Mo McRae Eldridge Huggins
Monicah Owino Church Congregation Member (uncredited)
Nealla Gordon Senator Kassebaum
Nelsan Ellis Martin Luther King Jr.
Olivia Washington Olivia
Oprah Winfrey Gloria Gaines
Patton Brantley Handsome Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Pernell Walker Lorraine
Philippe Radelet Houseman (uncredited)
Rahsaana Ison Woman in Waiting Room (uncredited)
Ray Gaspard Pat Buchanan (uncredited)
Redd Foxx Fred Sanford (archive footage) (uncredited)
Renato Powell Kitchen Chef (uncredited)
Rex Baker Protester (uncredited)
Robert Aberdeen Herbert Brownell
Robin Williams Dwight D. Eisenhower
Rodney Hebert White House Engineer (uncredited)
Ross P. Cook Embassy Protester (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser Redneck Bar Patron (uncredited)
Rusty Robertson Senator Robertson
Sadarias Harrell DC Bus Rider / Prisoner / Rioter (uncredited)
Sam Malone Young Abraham (uncredited)
Shirley Pugh Malcolm X Goer
Shirley Tregre Mob Woman (uncredited)
Starlette Miariaunii College Student (uncredited)
Stephen Rider Admiral Rochon
Steven J. Daniels Protestor (uncredited)
Tarra Riggs Sophie Wilson (uncredited)
Terrence Howard Howard
Tom Cain Arresting Officer (uncredited)
Tyler Gibbs Jim counter mgr (uncredited)
Tyson Ford Elroy
Valerie Strecker Excelsior Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Vanessa Redgrave Annabeth Westfall
Walter Cronkite Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wanda Leigh Lady Bird Johnson (uncredited)
Xosha Roquemore Foxy (uncredited)
Yaya DaCosta Carol Hammie