History Film / TheButler

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).
25th Aug '14 9:18:30 PM robusterwiz
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* {{Adorkable}}: Charlie
** [[Series/RayDonovan Liev Schreiber]] is UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson.
** Creator/JohnCusack is UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.
** Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/JaneFonda are [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronald and Nancy Reagan]].
** [[Series/TrueBlood Nelsan Ellis]] is Martin Luther King, Jr.
** Creator/LennyKravitz plays James Holloway.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Charlie
** [[Series/RayDonovan Liev Schreiber]] is UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson.
** Creator/JohnCusack is UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.
** Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/JaneFonda are [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronald and Nancy Reagan]].
** [[Series/TrueBlood Nelsan Ellis]] is Martin Luther King, Jr.
** Creator/LennyKravitz plays James Holloway.
Charlie.
25th Aug '14 1:36:58 PM robusterwiz
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* AllStarCast: To an absolutely absurd degree. For example:
** Creator/ForestWhitaker is Cecil Gaines, Creator/OprahWinfrey is his wife, Creator/MariahCarey is his mother, and [[Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes David]] [[TheLastKingOfScotland Oyelowo]] is their son.
** [[Film/MagicMike Alex Pettyfer]] and Vanessa Redgrave own the cotton farm where Cecil grew up.
** [[Film/IronMan Terrence Howard]] and [[Film/JerryMaguire Cuba Gooding, Jr.]] play friends of the Gaines.
** Creator/RobinWilliams is UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower.
** [[Film/XMen James]] [[Series/ThirtyRock Marsden]] and [[Series/FridayNightLights Minka]] [[Series/{{Parenthood}} Kelly]] are [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John and Jackie Kennedy]].



* HilariousInHindsight: David Oyelowo would later be cast as Martin Luther King Jr in ''Film/{{Selma}}''
29th Jul '14 4:46:25 PM Kalmbach
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* TheGump: Cecil Gaines ends up witnessing or even participating in most of the major events of the Civil Rights Movement: Eisenhower discussing sending the Army to enforce the desegregation of Little Rock High School; Robert F Kennedy discussing how to move forward with desegregation in general; Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act; the Freedom Riders (through Louis); the rise and militancy of the Black Panthers (also through Louis), and Nixon's fight against them; the international boycott and economic sanctions of apartheid South Africa; and finally, the election of Barack Obama.
29th Jul '14 4:28:09 PM Kalmbach
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* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[spoiler:the soldiers come to tell Cecil and Gloria their son Charles has been KIA]], their reaction is accompanied jarringly by disco music (they were watching SoulTrain). Which only makes it that much worse.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[spoiler:the soldiers come to tell Cecil and Gloria their son Charles has been KIA]], their reaction is accompanied jarringly by disco music (they were watching SoulTrain).''SoulTrain''). Which only makes it that much worse.
29th Jul '14 4:26:09 PM Kalmbach
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* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[spoiler:the soldiers come to tell Cecil and Gloria their son Charles has been KIA]], their reaction is accompanied jarringly by disco music. Which only makes it that much worse.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[spoiler:the soldiers come to tell Cecil and Gloria their son Charles has been KIA]], their reaction is accompanied jarringly by disco music.music (they were watching SoulTrain). Which only makes it that much worse.
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