The Help

The Help (2011)

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2011-08-09
  • User Rating: 8.1/10 from 4140 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 26min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
  • Production Country: India, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
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Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

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  • Emma Stone

    as Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan
  • Viola Davis

    as Aibileen Clark
  • Octavia Spencer

    as Minny Jackson
  • Bryce Dallas Howard

    as Hilly Holbrook
  • Jessica Chastain

    as Celia Foote
  • Mike Vogel

    as Johnny Foote
  • Allison Janney

    as Charlotte Phelan
  • Sissy Spacek

    as Missus Walters
  • Chris Lowell

    as Stuart Whitworth
  • Ahna O'Reilly

    as Elizabeth Leefolt
  • Anna Camp

    as Jolene French
  • Cicely Tyson

    as Constantine Jefferson
  • Aunjanue Ellis

    as Yule Mae Davis
  • David Oyelowo

    as Preacher Green
  • Dana Ivey

    as Gracie Higginbotham
  • LaChanze

    as Rachel
  • Brian Kerwin

    as Robert Phelan
  • Wes Chatham

    as Carlton Phelan
  • Ted Welch

    as William Holbrook
  • Shane McRae

    as Raleigh Leefolt
  • Roslyn Ruff

    as Pascagoula
  • Tarra Riggs

    as Gretchen
  • Leslie Jordan

    as Mr. Blackly
  • Mary Steenburgen

    as Elain Stein
  • Tiffany Brouwer

    as Rebecca
  • Carol Sutton

    as Cora
  • Ashley Johnson

    as Mary Beth Caldwell
  • Ritchie Montgomery

    as Bus Driver
  • Nelsan Ellis

    as Henry The Waiter
  • Cleta Elaine Ellington

    as Donna The Receptionist
  • Amy Beckwith

    as Bridge Club
  • Julie Ann Doan

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Lamar Lott

    as Bus Rider (uncredited)
  • Charles Orr

    as Bellhop (uncredited)
Directing Tate Taylor Director
Writing Tate Taylor Screenplay
Camera Stephen Goldblatt Director of Photography
Production Michael Barnathan Producer
Production Chris Columbus Producer
Production Brunson Green Producer
Writing Kathryn Stockett Novel
Editing Jim Passon Color Timer
Lighting Shawn Torge Electrician
Art Rena DeAngelo Set Decoration
Art Mark Ricker Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Sharen Davis Costume Design
Sound Thomas Newman Original Music Composer
Art Curt Beech Art Direction
Production Kerry Barden Casting
Production Paul Schnee Casting
Editing Hughes Winborne Editor
Directing Cate Hardman Script Supervisor
Production Jennifer Blum Executive Producer
Production Nate Berkus Executive Producer
Production L. Dean Jones Jr. Executive Producer
Production Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Production Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei Executive Producer
Production Tate Taylor Executive Producer
Production Mark Radcliffe Executive Producer
Production John Norris Executive Producer
Production Sonya Lunsford Co-Producer
Sound Jennifer Hawks Music Supervisor
Sound Bill Bernstein Music Editor
Sound Andrew Silver Music Editor
Camera Dale Robinette Still Photographer
Sound David Giammarco Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Scott Millan Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Scott A. Jennings Sound Effects Editor
Sound Dennis Drummond Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Willie D. Burton Production Sound Mixer
Production Russell Allen Production Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Dana Kay Hart Costume Supervisor
Lighting Erik Bernstein Rigging Gaffer
Crew Rocky Capella Stunt Coordinator
Camera Will Arnot Camera Operator
Camera Will Arnot Steadicam Operator
Costume & Make-Up Camille Friend Hair Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Brad Wilder Makeup Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Natasha Ladek Wigmaker
Crew Robert Bella Post Production Supervisor
Crew Mark Graziano Post-Production Manager
Crew Brian McNulty Post Production Supervisor
Production Robin Sweet Unit Production Manager
Directing Donald Sparks Assistant Director
Crew Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi Stunts
Crew Jwaundace Candece Stunts
Crew Rex Reddick Stunt Coordinator
Art Kendrick Hudson Location Scout
Editing Curtis Lindersmith Digital Intermediate
Lighting Colin J. Campbell Lighting Technician
Costume & Make-Up Gloria Belz Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Mary Everett Hairstylist
Crew Robert Cole Special Effects
Camera Khris Bennett Grip
Directing Karen Davis Second Assistant Director
Sound Brian Smith ADR Mixer