The Butler

The Butler (2013)

One quiet voice can ignite a revolution.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2013-08-16
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 1908 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 12min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Follow Through Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
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A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.

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  • Forest Whitaker

    as Cecil Gaines
  • David Banner

    as Earl Gaines
  • Michael Rainey Jr.

    as Cecil Gaines (8)
  • LaJessie Smith

    as Abraham
  • Mariah Carey

    as Hattie Pearl
  • Alex Pettyfer

    as Thomas Westfall
  • Vanessa Redgrave

    as Annabeth Westfall
  • Ami Ameen

    as Cecil Gaines (15)
  • Clarence Williams III

    as Maynard
  • John P. Fertitta

    as Mr. Jenkins
  • Jim Gleason

    as R.D. Warner
  • Oprah Winfrey

    as Gloria Gaines
  • John Cusack

    as Richard Nixon
  • Robin Williams

    as Dwight Eisenhower
  • James Marsden

    as John F. Kennedy
  • Alan Rickman

    as Ronald Reagan
  • Minka Kelly

    as Jackie Kennedy
  • Liev Schreiber

    as Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jesse Williams

    as Rev. James Lawson
  • Lenny Kravitz

    as James Holloway
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.

    as Carter Wilson
  • Terrence Howard

    as Howard
  • Jane Fonda

    as Nancy Reagan
  • David Oyelowo

    as Louis Gaines
  • Yaya DaCosta

    as Carol Hammie
  • Stephen Rider

    as Admiral Rochon
  • Nealla Gordon

    as Senator Kassebaum
  • Rusty Robertson

    as Senator Robertson
  • Elijah Kelley

    as Charlie Gaines
  • Duane Cothren

    as Military Social Aide (uncredited)
Directing Lee Daniels Director
Production Lee Daniels Producer
Production Cassian Elwes Producer
Production Buddy Patrick Producer
Production Laura Ziskin Producer
Camera Andrew Dunn Director of Photography
Writing Danny Strong Writer
Sound Rodrigo Leão Original Music Composer
Editing Joe Klotz Editor
Art Tim Galvin Production Design
Crew Jeff Galpin Stunt Coordinator
Camera Grayson Austin Camera Operator
Camera Jeffery J. Tufano Camera Operator
Camera Michael Stumpf Additional Camera
Camera Luis Lopez DeVictoria Additional Camera
Camera Hans Bjerno Helicopter Camera
Camera Anne Marie Fox Still Photographer
Lighting Trey Shaneyfelt Lighting Technician
Lighting Kristopher Weaver Lighting Technician
Costume & Make-Up Annette Farnsworth Set Costumer
Sound Ben Schor Music Editor
Crew Elizabeth Himelstein Dialect Coach
Production Leah Daniels Butler Casting
Production Billy Hopkins Casting
Costume & Make-Up Ruth E. Carter Costume Design
Art Lori Agostino Art Direction
Art Erik Polczwartek Art Direction
Art Jason Baldwin Stewart Art Direction
Art Diane Lederman Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Debra Denson Makeup Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Beverly Jo Pryor Makeup Department Head
Art Deanna Simmons Set Decoration Buyer
Art Kimberly Murphy Set Decoration Buyer
Costume & Make-Up Dana Kay Hart Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Wendy Talley Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Candace Neal Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Robert L. Stevenson Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Yolanda Sheridan Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Victoria Wood Wigmaker
Crew Jonah Levy Makeup Effects
Production Jen Wall Production Supervisor
Art Robin Simmerly Art Department Coordinator
Art Sarah Forrest Set Designer
Art Michelle C. Harmon Set Designer
Art Brian A. Waits Set Designer
Art Randall S. Coe Construction Coordinator
Art Steve Martemucci Construction Foreman
Art Michael Arena Greensman
Art David Keith Broome Greensman
Art John Lindsay Greensman
Art Gus Coto Leadman
Sound Robert Hein Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Debby VanPoucke Sound Designer
Sound Robert Hein Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Michael Barry Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Marko A. Costanzo Foley
Sound Cariella Smith Foley
Visual Effects Daniel Cohen Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Ted Markovic Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Aniela Sidorska Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Luke DiTommaso Visual Effects Supervisor
Crew Charlotta Forssman Visual Effects Editor
Visual Effects Ray McIntyre Jr. Visual Effects Supervisor
Lighting Len Levine Lighting Technician
Costume & Make-Up Mustapha Mimis Set Costumer
Editing Kevin Vale Digital Intermediate
Editing Ulysses Guidotti First Assistant Editor
Editing Kat Spiess First Assistant Editor
Directing Amy Sanderson Script Supervisor
Production Virginia McCollam Location Manager
Production Mickey Lambert Location Manager
Production Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Len Blavatnik Executive Producer
Sound Branka Mrkic Supervising Dialogue Editor
Sound David Wahnon Dialogue Editor
Art Kevin Ladson Property Master
Sound Ruth Hernandez ADR Editor
Sound Heather Gross Foley Editor
Directing Lisa C. Satriano First Assistant Director
Directing Peter Dress Second Assistant Director
Production Ari Daniel Pinchot Producer
Production Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Matthew W. Mungle Prosthetic Supervisor