It’s got one of the most talented casts of any movie this year, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams, so we were delighted to hear that The Butler has been given a preliminary Blu-ray release date for January 14th.
Loosely based on the memoirs of Eugene Allen, a butler who served in the White House from 1952-1986, Forest Whittaker plays Cecil Gaines as he moves from the cotton fields of Georgia to Washington’s corridors of power. The movie provides a whistle stop tour of the key events from modern history, including everything from the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War, seen through Cecil’s unique perspective as he serves eight US presidents. Highlights include appearances by Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Republican icons Ronald and Nancy Reagan, James Marsden taking a turn as the visionary JFK and Robin Williams donning a bald cap to appear as post-War President Eisenhower.
The Blu-ray includes insight from director Lee Daniels, as well as a look at the Freedom Fighters activist group featured in the film, a gag-reel and deleted scenes.
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