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The Butler (2013)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 4,554 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 16 August 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 132 min
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  • IMDb page: The Butler (2013)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 4,554 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 16 August 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 132 min
  • Filming Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $52,275,000 (USA) (23 August 2013)
  • Director: Lee Daniels
  • Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Rodrigo Leão   
  • Soundtrack: Function At The Junction
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: White House | African American | Butler | Father Son Relationship | Based On Newspaper Article

Writing Credits By:

  • Danny Strong (written by)
  • Wil Haygood (article: "A Butler Well Served by This Election")

Known Trivia

  • Mila Kunis was considered to play Jackie Kennedy.
  • Matthew McConaughey was cast as John F. Kennedy, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. James Franco was considered to replace him.
  • Oprah Winfrey’s first on-screen film role since Beloved in which she does not play herself.
  • Liam Neeson was considered to play Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • The original cast also included Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, and Zac Efron in unspecified roles.
  • The second time Robin Williams has played a real President from history.
  • Warner Bros. Pictures released the 1916 silent short film The Butler, and filed a claim with the MPAA to rename this film. The MPAA allowed the Weinstein Company to add Daniels’ name in front of the title, under the condition that his name was “75% the size of The Butler”. On July 23, 2013, the distributor unveiled a revised film poster, with the title “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”.
  • Columbia Pictures put the film in turnaround in 2008. The Weinstein Company acquired the distribution rights in 2012.
  • Laura Ziskin’s final film. She died of breast cancer on June 12, 2011.
  • There are 41 credited producers, probably a world record for a single film.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The character of Carol Hammie (

Plot: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. |  »

Story: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Horatio Bacon known as associate producer
  • Julia Barry known as co-producer
  • Len Blavatnik known as executive producer
  • Charles Sauveur Bonan known as co-executive producer
  • James T. Bruce IV known as executive producer
  • Lee Daniels known as producer
  • Elizabeth Destro known as executive producer
  • Cassian Elwes known as producer
  • Eric Falkenstein known as associate producer
  • Michael Finley known as executive producer
  • Allen Frederic known as co-executive producer
  • Manos Gavras known as associate producer
  • Aviv Giladi known as executive producer
  • Adonis Hadjiantonas known as executive producer
  • Wil Haygood known as associate producer
  • Andrew Herwitz known as associate producer
  • Valerie Hoffman known as co-producer
  • Vince Holden known as executive producer
  • David Jacobson known as co-producer
  • Brett Johnson known as executive producer
  • Sheila C. Johnson known as executive producer (as Sheila Johnson)
  • Jordan Kessler known as executive producer
  • Kim Leadford known as co-executive producer
  • Harry I. Martin Jr. known as co-executive producer
  • Adam Merims known as executive producer
  • Christina Papagjika known as associate producer
  • Buddy Patrick known as producer
  • Ari Daniel Pinchot known as co-executive producer
  • David Ranes known as executive producer
  • Jonathan Rubenstein known as co-executive producer
  • Bobby Sain known as associate producer
  • Matthew Salloway known as executive producer
  • Simone Sheffield known as co-producer
  • Hilary Shor known as executive producer
  • Earl W. Stafford known as executive producer
  • Danny Strong known as executive producer
  • Pamela Oas Williams known as producer (as Pam Williams)
  • R. Bryan Wright known as executive producer
  • Laura Ziskin known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Forest Whitaker known as Cecil Gaines
  • David Banner known as Earl Gaines
  • Michael Rainey Jr. known as Cecil Gaines (8)
  • LaJessie Smith known as Abraham
  • Mariah Carey known as Hattie Pearl
  • Alex Pettyfer known as Thomas Westfall
  • Vanessa Redgrave known as Annabeth Westfall
  • Aml Ameen known as Cecil Gaines (15)
  • Clarence Williams III known as Maynard
  • John P. Fertitta known as Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta)
  • Jim Gleason known as R.D. Warner
  • Oprah Winfrey known as Gloria Gaines
  • Isaac White known as Charlie Gaines (10)
  • David Oyelowo known as Louis Gaines
  • Joe Chrest known as White Usher
  • Colman Domingo known as Freddie Fallows
  • Adriane Lenox known as Gina
  • Terrence Howard known as Howard
  • Tyson Ford known as Elroy
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. known as Carter Wilson
  • Lenny Kravitz known as James Holloway
  • Pernell Walker known as Lorraine
  • James DuMont known as Sherman Adams
  • Robert Aberdeen known as Herbert Brownell
  • Robin Williams known as Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John Cusack known as Richard Nixon
  • Olivia Washington known as Olivia
  • Yaya Alafia known as Carol Hammie
  • Jesse Williams known as James Lawson
  • Margaret M. Owens known as Woolworth Diner Patron #1
  • Eric Ducote known as Woolworth Diner Patron #2
  • James Marsden known as John F. Kennedy
  • Minka Kelly known as Jacqueline Kennedy
  • Chloe Barach known as Caroline Kennedy
  • Danny Strong known as Freedom Bus Journalist
  • Clara Hopkins Daniels known as Freedom Bus Rider
  • Elijah Kelley known as Charlie Gaines (15-18)
  • Liev Schreiber known as Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dana Gourrier known as Helen Holloway
  • Shirley Pugh known as Malcolm X Goer
  • Bill Newman known as Pastor
  • Nelsan Ellis known as Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Colin Walker known as John Ehrlichman
  • Alex Manette known as Bob Haldeman
  • Mo McRae known as Eldridge Hudgins
  • Alan Rickman known as Ronald Reagan
  • Jane Fonda known as Nancy Reagan
  • Rusty Robertson known as Senator Robertson
  • Nealla Gordon known as Senator Kassebaum
  • Stephen Rider known as Admiral Rochon
  • Melissa Leo known as Mamie Eisenhower
  • John L. Armijo known as Eisenhowers Military Adviser (uncredited)
  • Jon Arthur known as BET Videographer (uncredited)
  • Rex Baker known as Protester (uncredited)
  • Joshua Braud known as Josh (uncredited)
  • Blake Burt known as Protester (uncredited)
  • Carroll Burt known as Man at Water Fountain (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Aaron Butler known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Tom Cain known as Arresting Officer (uncredited)
  • Edward J. Clare known as Two Star General (uncredited)
  • Markeith Coleman known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Ross P. Cook known as Embassy Protester (uncredited)
  • Duane Cothren known as Military Social Aide (uncredited)
  • Haylie Creppel known as White House Child (uncredited)
  • Steven J. Daniels known as Protestor (uncredited)
  • Justin Edward Davis known as Pool Teenager (uncredited)
  • Donna Duplantier known as Barbara Gaines (uncredited)
  • Adrienne Esteen known as Protestor (uncredited)
  • Guy Fernandez known as Black Panther (uncredited)
  • Justin Gant known as Diner Attacker (uncredited)
  • Ray Gaspard known as Pat Buchanan (uncredited)
  • Tyler Gibbs known as Jim counter mgr (uncredited)
  • Russell M. Haeuser known as Redneck Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • A. Michelle Harleston known as D.C. Bus Station Passengers Parent (uncredited)
  • Sadarias Harrell known as DC Bus Rider / Prisoner / Rioter (uncredited)
  • Rodney Hebert known as White House Engineer (uncredited)
  • Donna Hubbs known as 1930's Lady Served Martini (uncredited)
  • Rahsaana Ison known as Woman in Waiting Room (uncredited)
  • David Jensen known as MacGeorge Bundy (uncredited)
  • Jim Johnson known as Eisenhower Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Mark Joyce known as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Elton LeBlanc known as Admiral, US Navy (uncredited)
  • Wanda Leigh known as Lady Bird Johnson (uncredited)
  • Sam Malone known as Young Abraham (uncredited)
  • John R Mangus known as Mississippi Jail Guard (uncredited)
  • Starlette Miariaunii known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Dorian Morrison known as Rioter (uncredited)
  • Mary Katherine Oglesby known as White House Child (uncredited)
  • Monicah Owino known as Church Congregation Member (uncredited)
  • Darryl Perrilloux known as Washington DC Rioter (uncredited)
  • Renato Powell known as Kitchen Chef (uncredited)
  • Philippe Radelet known as Houseman (uncredited)
  • Tarra Riggs known as Sophie Wilson (uncredited)
  • Xosha Roquemore known as Foxy (uncredited)
  • Corrina Roshea known as White House Guest (uncredited)
  • Aaron Saxton known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Carl Singleton known as White House Butler (uncredited)
  • Chaz Smith known as Reagan Reception Attendee (uncredited)
  • Kay Smith known as Diane Nash (uncredited)
  • Jim Sojka known as White House Engineer (uncredited)
  • Marco St. John known as Chief Justice Warren Burger (uncredited)
  • Jason Stanly known as Reagan Marine Color Guard (uncredited)
  • Valerie Strecker known as Excelsior Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Orlando Eric Street known as President Barack Obama (uncredited)
  • Craig Tate known as Hobo (uncredited)
  • Shirley Tregre known as Mob Woman (uncredited)
  • Joseph Uzzell known as Angry Mob Member (uncredited)
  • Bob Walker known as JFK VIP Friend (uncredited)
  • Dean J. West known as White House Reporter (uncredited)
  • Michael Whitener known as (uncredited)
  • Jake Wynne-Wilson known as Reagan's Body Man (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Dana Boisseau known as hair stylist
  • Kelly Capoccia known as lab technician
  • Daina Daigle known as assistant hair stylist
  • Debra Denson known as makeup department head
  • Debra Denson known as makeup designer
  • Marcos Gonzales known as additional hairstylist
  • Lee Grimes known as prosthetic makeup artist
  • Courtney Lether known as prosthetics makeup artist
  • Michael Shawn McCracken known as prosthetic key sculptor
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as prosthetic makeup design and application
  • Candace Neal known as hair department head
  • Douglas Noe known as key prosthetic artist
  • Koji Ohmura known as prosthetic key sculptor
  • Beverly Jo Pryor known as makeup department head
  • LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin known as makeup artist
  • Kellie Robinson known as makeup artist
  • Yolanda Sheridan known as key makeup artist
  • Robert L. Stevenson known as head hairstylist
  • Aimee Stuit known as prosthetics makeup assistant
  • Clinton Wayne known as prosthetic makeup designer
  • Victoria Wood known as wig maker

Art Department:

  • Spencer J. Abadie known as painter
  • Michael Arena known as greensman
  • Shane Buckallew known as lead plaster/staff shop supervisor
  • Eddie Burcham known as set dresser
  • Jonathan Cappel known as set dresser: reshoots
  • John B. Clarey III known as foreman
  • Todd Clevenger known as paint foreman
  • Randall S. Coe known as construction coordinator
  • Iggie Colomer known as set dresser
  • Gus Coto known as leadman
  • Michael Dares known as set dresser
  • Daniel T. Dorrance known as production designer: additional photography
  • Stephen P. Durante known as set dresser
  • Ryan Martin Dwyer known as set dresser
  • Will Eastin known as graphic designer
  • Nicholas Ellerbee known as carpenter
  • Sarah Forrest known as set designer
  • L. Sonia Garcia known as paint gangboss
  • Michelle C. Harmon known as set designer
  • John Herbert known as paint supervisor
  • Roger Johnson known as graphic designer
  • Daniel E. Kiker known as painter
  • Kevin Ladson known as property master
  • Kristin Lekki known as graphic artist
  • Austin T. LeValley known as on-set greensman
  • Ken Lewis Jr. known as plasterer
  • Jordan Lightner known as set dresser
  • John Lindsay known as greensman
  • Sam Lothridge known as on-set dresser
  • Steve Martemucci known as construction foreman
  • Kimberly Murphy known as set dec buyer
  • Jessica Navran known as set decorator: additional photography
  • Noel Rideout known as prop assistant
  • Blake Roussel known as utility technician
  • Sonda Rowlan known as painter
  • George Sanchez known as plasterer gang boss
  • Sian C. Sanzone known as painter
  • Carlos Savant known as staff shop foreman
  • Robin Simmerly known as art department coordinator
  • Deanna Simmons known as set decoration buyer
  • Garin Sparks known as constructor
  • Cydney Tucker known as clearances coordinator
  • Brett Tyler known as paint gangboss
  • Brian A. Waits known as set designer
  • David Warburton known as assistant property master
  • Niko Zahlten known as prop assistant
  • Tony Ziegler known as set dresser
  • Chris Craine known as illustrator (uncredited)
  • Kyle S. Plowden known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Follow Through Productions
  • Salamander Pictures
  • Laura Ziskin Productions
  • Lee Daniels Entertainment
  • Pam Williams Productions
  • Windy Hill Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Brauer & Co.  film tax credits
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  HD dailies telecine transfer (as Cineworks, La.)
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  digital dailies and grading (as Cineworks, La.)
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Harbor Picture Company  post-production sound services
  • Hollywood Trucks  Entertainment Transportation
  • Inner Media  tax credit financing
  • Light Stepper Service  vehicle fleet maintenance
  • Passcode Entertainment  funding
  • Pictorvision  Wescam aerial camera system
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Quiet Light  funded in part by
  • Silver Screen Supply  climate control
  • Silver Screen Supply  entertainment transportation
  • Silver Screen Supply  location services and rentals
  • Silver Screen Supply  portable power systems and cables
  • TM Motion Picture Equipment  grip and lighting equipment
  • Three Point Capital  funding
  • Windy Hill Pictures  funding


  • Culture Convenience Club (CCC) (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2013) (Canada) (theatrical) (as eOne Films Canada)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2013) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Hopscotch Films (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Prokino Filmverleih (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Reality Entertainment (2013) (Philippines) (theatrical) (as Reality Multimedia)
  • Sun Distribution (2013) (Uruguay) (theatrical)
  • Videa (2013) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • eOne Films (2013) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Next Entertainment World (2013) (Korea) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Sri Lanka) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Pixel Magic
  • W.M. Creations (special make-up effects and prosthetics)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jordan Alphonso known as digital compositor
  • Osvaldo Andreaus known as digital compositor: The Molecule
  • Michael Barnett known as compositor
  • Andrew J. Bly known as visual effects executive producer: The Molecule
  • Daniel Cohen known as visual effects producer
  • Luke DiTommaso known as visual effects supervisor: The Molecule
  • Mark Scott Friedman known as compositing supervisor
  • Namjin Heo known as digital compositor: The Molecule
  • Brian Houlihan known as digital compositor
  • Jacob Kebodeaux known as visual effects artist
  • Ted Markovic known as visual effects producer
  • Ray McIntyre Jr. known as visual effects supervisor/producer
  • Patrick Paul Mullane known as matte painter: pixel magic
  • Michael Nikitin known as compositor
  • Matthew T. Perry known as digital compositor
  • Aniela Sidorska known as visual effects producer
  • Jonathan Skabla known as digital compositor
  • Patrick Trahan known as digital compositor
  • Anton Tsolov known as digital compositor
  • Jung Um known as digital compositor
  • J. Thomas Wilson known as compositor

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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