Director Lee Daniels' (Precious) historical epic tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations. Cecil grew up living in the fiercely segregated South, facing the tyranny of the region's prejudices. After years spent working in a hotel, he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a job as a server at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There, he becomes a firsthand witness to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office as the civil rights movement unfolds. At the same time, he and his volatile but loving wife (Oprah Winfrey) must grapple with the rebellious spirit of their son Louis (David Oyelowo) whose tenacious hunger for activism and equal rights often puts him in dangerous situations—and at perpetual odds with his father. From the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to the Freedom Riders and Black Panther movements, to the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, Cecil experiences the effects of these events as both an insider and a family man. Co-starring John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman and Robin Williams. Official Web Site

Director:

Lee Daniels

Cast:

Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams

MPAA Rating:

PG-13

Run Time:

2hrs 6mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

USA