The Butler in streaming. In 2008, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story, while waiting in the White House. Gaines was raised on a cotton plantation in the 1920s Macon, Georgia, by his sharecropping parents. One day, the farm's owner, Thomas Westfall, rapes Cecil's mother, Hattie Pearl. Cecil's father confronts Westfall, and is shot dead. Cecil is taken in by Annabeth Westfall, the estate's caretaker, who trains Cecil as a house servant. In his teens, he leaves the plantation and his mother, who has been mute since the incident. One night, Cecil breaks into a hotel pastry shop and is, unexpectedly, hired. He learns advanced skills from the master servant, Maynard, who, after several years, recommends Cecil for a position in a Washington D.C. hotel. While working at the D.C. hotel, Cecil meets and marries Gloria, and the couple have two children: Louis and Charlie. In 1957, Cecil is hired by the White House during Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration. White House maître d' Freddie Fallows shows Cecil around, introducing him to head butler Carter Wilson and co-worker James Holloway. At the White House, Cecil witnesses Eisenhower's reluctance to use troops to enforce school desegregation in the South, then the President's resolve to uphold the law by racially integrating a high school in Little Rock.
Joe Chrest, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Gleason, John P. Fertitta, Clarence Williams III, Vanessa Redgrave, Alex Pettyfer, Mariah Carey, LaJessie Smith, Michael Rainey Jr., David Banner, Aml Ameen, Isaac White, Forest Whitaker
Directors: Lee Daniels
Duration: 132 min
Year of release: 2013
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