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Lee Daniels' The Butler

By DAVID WEINER

January 16, 2014

This incredible period film charts the life and observations of Cecil Gaines, a butler (played by Forest Whitaker) serving under eight American Presidents over the course of three decades, and features an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey as Cecil's wife, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Liev Shreiber as Lyndon Johnson, plus Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mariah Carey. The film is inspired by the real-life story of White House butler Eugene Allen.

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