** Lee Daniels' The Butler **

  • August 18, 2013 · 12:45 PM
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The cast of Lee Daniels' new film "The Butler" is so packed with big names that it almost needs two posters to adequately convey just how many of Hollywood's brightest appear onscreen. Alas, one will have to do.

Inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article, The Butler features Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife, Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard M. Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star. That's not all: Minka Kelly, Jesse Williams, Clarence Williams III and Mariah Carey all co-star.


Director Lee Daniels (Precious) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 34 years. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Eugene Allen endured a harsh and segregated upbringing in his native Virginia and went on to work for eight presidents. Mr. Allen and his wife, Helene, were profiled in a Washington Post story in 2008 that explored the history of blacks in the White House. The couple were excited about the possibility of Barack Obama's historic election and their opportunity to vote for him. Helene, however, died on the eve of the election, and Mr. Allen went to vote alone. The couple had been married for 65 years.


"He liked to think of himself as just a humble butler," his only child, Charles, said. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Mr. Allen was invited to the funeral. He declined for the most generous of reasons: "Somebody had to be at the White House to serve everyone after they came from the funeral," he told The Post. When first lady Jackie Kennedy returned to the White House afterward, she gave him one of the president's ties. Mr. Allen had it framed. He looked up one evening in the White House kitchen to see a lone figure standing in the doorway: It was Martin Luther King Jr., who had insisted on meeting the butlers and maids. Mr. Allen smiled when King complimented him on the cut of his tuxedo.


Mr. Allen served entertainers including Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Elvis Presley. He flew aboard Air Force One. He sipped root beer at Camp David with Jimmy Carter and visited Eisenhower in Gettysburg after he left the White House.

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  • Kenny

    It was a great movie- the group is awesome

    August 19, 2013

  • Val

    Thanks to the members who attended this wonderful movie . Having you here to share it with us made it all the more special

    August 18, 2013

  • Val

    To say we are looking forward to this movie would be an understatement

    Sharing this event with this group is going to our pleasure To make sure things run smoothly please follow these simple requests Make sure you've purchased your ticket in advance. If you have a printer print out the ticket or use your smart phones http://www.fandango.com/leedanielsthebutler_155959/movietimes?date=8/18/2013 Be on time .We ask that you be there no later than 12:45. Val will be in the lobby where tickets are being sold will a sign that say "MeetUp com" We will also have another sign in the row where we're sitting if you care to join us. After the film let's gather outside the entrance to that theater Do not leave messages on the site after 1030a day of the event we will not get them Parking: Handicapped spots in front of the theater all others may park for free under the overpass next to the theater See you in the lobby,

    Carmen and Val

    August 16, 2013

  • Val

    Thanks Charlene !

    August 15, 2013

  • charlene s.

    got it!!!

    August 14, 2013

  • Val

    Please let me know if you have your ticket .Carmen and I have ours

    August 14, 2013

  • Val

    Tickets are on sale now ! Please purchase in advance to avoid long lines and a sell out .Please chose the 1:20p showing

    August 13, 2013

  • Val

    August 11, 2013

  • Val

    I agree ...so I must see.

    August 1, 2013

  • charlene s.

    This feels like a "must see" event!!!

    1 · July 31, 2013

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