"Lee Daniels' The Butler" starring Oprah Winfrey and Forrest Whitaker opens in theaters Friday, August 16, 2013. The Butler delivers Oscar worthy (yes, dare I say it!) performances by Oprah Winfrey and Forrest Whitaker. Whitaker plays the role of Butler Cecil Gaines inspired by the real life Eugene Allen who retired as Head Butler of the White House after serving 35 years from 1952 to 1986. The stellar cast also includes such notables as Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Jesse Williams, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Clarence Williams III, and Vanessa Redgrave.
The Butler is more than just a film, it is a journey through American history including the Civil Rights movement, the US response to Vietnam and Apartheid in South Africa, as well as the unforgettable moment in history when President Obama became the first African American President of the United States of America. You don't have to be a "history buff" to truly appreciate the essence of this film which beautifully captures, through impeccable performances, the struggles and triumphs that life, family, and purpose presents.