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The Butler
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(2013)

A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.

Runtime:
2:12
Released:
August 16, 2013

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Good despite Oprah!

Reviewed by James P

This movie reminds me a lot of Forrest Gump. This man experiences some very important events through history through the civil rights movement. That's a little too similar to Forrest Gump for my taste. This film just isn't as good. Not an Oprah fan but she did a good job in this film. The rest of the acting was well done as well. Watch this one it surprised me. 7/10

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Good,really good,just not great

Reviewed by woody

Although it's a good movie,it's not great enough to catapult past an Oscar nod.It's way long,not really very engaging at times,and suffers from one very
obvious lack of intelligent factual writing that we are expected to not notice.Having grown up in the south in Tennessee and Georgia,I understand racism very well.Ironically,REVERSE RACISM doesn't ever seem to gain a true voice,tho it definitely exists,as anyone in the south will tell you.
The obvious mistake we are led to believe NEVER happned...is that NOT ONE PERSON STOOD UP in each new presidency to say Let's go ahead and get rid of the obviously racist practice of using black butlers.
Other than this,it's good,a bit slow at times,but not unique enough for an Oscar.

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Liberals version of events

Reviewed by 4e032536d5c9e53b88b783aa0aa6898d?size=16 Charles Dickerson

"The Butler": If I were a democrat liberal, this was 5 star material. Hollywood libtard film makers know how to present their leftist version of reality no matter what. Fortunately I have a brain & know the history of conservatism and the GOP.

Should you avoid this movie? No. Production values were excellent. The flavor of the civil rights movement was calculably incomplete but what was presented was done passionately and effectively. Nevertheless, this film for conservatives like myself was at best a C+.

The film chronicled the passage of time in the era of civil rights via the employment and life of a White House butler of several decades. The ebb and flow of the overall quality of the presidents as the eras progressed reflected disturbingly the liberal mentality of liberal film making. Here is a sampling of my disappointments. Keep in mind that the primary purpose of this film was to measure the civil rights time line using a personal story as a vehicle.

There was not an iota of context or reference to the fact that opposition to the voting rights acts of 1960 and subsequently in 1964 were from democrats. No reference that the dogs, water hoses, and mauling of lunch counter protesters was sanctioned by local democrat leaders and democrat governors.

Eisenhower, implemented desegregation of the armed forces in two years. He sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the first time since Reconstruction to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools. This historical legacy of the Eisenhower presidency was ignored.

Nixon, in the spring of 1957 undertook a major foreign trip, this time to Africa. On his return, he helped shepherd the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through Congress. The Nixon years witnessed the first large-scale integration of public schools in the South. This historical legacy of the Nixon presidency is ignored.

The only Reagan historical reference was an opposition to South Africa sanctions due to apartheid. Other than this, the impression left is that of a racist. No other historical context of his legacy is offered.

Conservative rating C+. Libtard rating A+.

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