The Weinsteins are Bringing ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Back to Theaters


In case you missed it the first time, or in case you need a reminder of how good, great, or mediocre this Oscar contender was…

New York, NY (December 4, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they will be putting their critically acclaimed box office smash LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER back in theaters on Friday, December 6th. The motion picture, which features an incredible ensemble cast led by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, has grossed over $115 million domestically since its August 16th release.

Star David Oyelowo was honored for his performance in the film earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The Hollywood Film Festival also presented Oyelowo with their Spotlight Award and director Daniels with the Director of the Year Award for the film. It has additionally been nominated for a 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie and Best Dramatic Actress for Winfrey.

Commented TWC President of Distribution Erik Lomis: “From the quality of its performances to its tremendous critical and commercial success, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER is a film that everyone at TWC is extremely proud of. We are excited to be bringing it back to theaters just as the holiday season begins, so that audiences who didn’t catch it the first time around have another opportunity at catching it on the big screen.”

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, Academy Award® nominated director Lee Daniels’ (PRECIOUS) historical epic LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Inspired by Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election” about the real life of former butler Eugene Allen, the film begins in 1924 with a young Cecil living in the fiercely segregated South and facing the tyranny of the region’s prejudices. After years spent working in a hotel, Cecil is discovered by a White House employee, which leads to landing the opportunity of a lifetime: a job as a server at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There, Cecil 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. While Cecil remains fiercely committed to his duties at the White House and to providing for his family, his determination leads to increasing tensions between him and his anti-establishment son. Through the eyes and emotions of the Gaines family, Daniels’ film follows the changing tides of American politics and race relations; 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. With an incredible supporting cast that includes John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER is a story about the resilience of one man, the growth of a nation, and the power of family.


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Written by Mark Johnson

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