History Film / TheButler

26th Jul '17 2:01:54 PM xcountryguy
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* {{Adorkable}}: Charlie.
* AngryBlackMan[=/=]TheCynic: Louis becomes this after tiring of Martin Luther King's non-violent approach and joining Black Panther Party, which really encouraged a belligerent attitude that infuriated his parents. Eventually, he decides that the Panthers are going too far and decides to leave to fight the good fight with more reasonable means. These include getting elected into the US Congress and leading peaceful demonstrations to further social justice.

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* AngryBlackMan[=/=]TheCynic: AngryBlackMan: Louis becomes this after tiring of Martin Luther King's non-violent approach and joining Black Panther Party, which really encouraged a belligerent attitude that infuriated his parents. Eventually, he decides that the Panthers are going too far and decides to leave to fight the good fight with more reasonable means. These include getting elected into the US Congress and leading peaceful demonstrations to further social justice.



* BasedOnATrueStory
* BeenThereShapedHistory

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* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]UsedToBeASweetKid: Carol goes from an idealistic freedom rider to, as Oprah puts it, "a low class bitch".

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* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]UsedToBeASweetKid: FaceHeelTurn: Carol goes from an idealistic freedom rider to, as Oprah puts it, "a low class bitch".



* GrayAndGrayMorality[=/=]GoodVersusGood: The central conflict between Cecil and Louis. On one hand, Louis is crusading for civil rights, but in reckless ways that endanger his safety, at which point the film tends to take Cecil's side. However, by the same token, Cecil's stubborn and set-in-his-ways (if not also well-meaning) personality ultimately hurts his entire family.

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* GrayAndGrayMorality[=/=]GoodVersusGood: GrayAndGrayMorality: The central conflict between Cecil and Louis. On one hand, Louis is crusading for civil rights, but in reckless ways that endanger his safety, at which point the film tends to take Cecil's side. However, by the same token, Cecil's stubborn and set-in-his-ways (if not also well-meaning) personality ultimately hurts his entire family.



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Howard.

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* KilledOffForReal[=/=]DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Cecil's Father, Charlie, and Howard.]]

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* KilledOffForReal[=/=]DroppedABridgeOnHim: KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Cecil's Father, Charlie, and Howard.]]



* OscarBait
* ParentalAbandonment: Poor Cecil

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* RedOniBlueOni: Louis and Cecil respectively.

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* TheSociopath: Thomas Westfall.

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* %%* TheSociopath: Thomas Westfall.



* WouldHitAGirl[=/=]WouldHurtAChild: The KKK and other racists show no compunctions about going after women and minors with nothing short of total sadism.

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* WouldHitAGirl[=/=]WouldHurtAChild: WouldHitAGirl: The KKK and other racists show no compunctions about going after women and minors with nothing short of total sadism.
19th Apr '17 3:42:24 AM Boggs
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** Richard Nixon when he's still Vice President visits Cecil and his coworkers working on down in the White House kitchens. Yeah, he's a little creepy about it, and asks them to vote for him, but it's not like anybody ''else'' comes down there to tell them all what a good job they're doing.
17th Sep '16 6:14:38 PM Mdumas43073
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17th Sep '16 6:14:25 PM Mdumas43073
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3rd Sep '16 11:39:04 AM glickmam
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: How loosely? The [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed only member]] of the butler's family whose name is not changed is Charles. Film!Charles goes to Vietnam and is KIA. Real!Charles went to Vietnam and watched a private showing of this film.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: How loosely? The [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed only member]] of the butler's family whose name is not changed is Charles. Film!Charles goes to Vietnam and is KIA. Real!Charles went to Vietnam and watched a private showing of this film. More importantly, the rape of Cecil's mother and the murder of Cecil's father never actually happened and were solely added in for dramatic effect.
19th Apr '16 4:15:14 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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20th Nov '15 3:21:41 PM JamesAustin
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12th Oct '15 2:35:27 PM twilicorn
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* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in an odd way. The film was originally titled ''The Butler'' until Warner Bros. blocked The Weinstein Company at the MPAA title registration bureau based on the fact that they released a very successful short film under that title... ''[[ForTheEvulz in 1916]]''. The MPAA ended up allowing the film to keep the title as long as they put director Lee Daniels' name in front of it.

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* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in an odd way. The film was originally titled ''The Butler'' until Warner Bros. blocked The Weinstein Company at the MPAA title registration bureau based on the fact [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope that they released a very successful short film under that title...title]]... ''[[ForTheEvulz in 1916]]''. The MPAA ended up allowing the film to keep the title as long as they put director Lee Daniels' name in front of it.
26th Sep '15 7:43:36 PM SaltyWaffles
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''Lee Daniels' The Butler'' (previously known simply as ''The Butler'') is an historical film directed by [[Literature/{{Push}} Lee Daniels]]. It stars Creator/ForestWhitaker as Cecil Gaines (based on the RealLife figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Allen Eugene Allen]]), the head butler of the White House from 1952 to 1986, where he served under eight different Presidents, and bore witness to the changes in the political and racial landscape of the United States during his tenure.

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''Lee Daniels' The Butler'' (previously known simply as ''The Butler'') is an a historical film directed by [[Literature/{{Push}} Lee Daniels]]. It stars Creator/ForestWhitaker as Cecil Gaines (based on the RealLife figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Allen Eugene Allen]]), the head butler of the White House from 1952 to 1986, where he served under eight different Presidents, and bore witness to the changes in the political and racial landscape of the United States during his tenure.
19th Jun '15 7:34:47 PM AwSamWeston
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* UnfoldingPlanMontage: The sit-in scene cuts between the preparation and the actual event (with a little butlering on the side).
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