The Butler: Movie Review
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The Butler: Movie Review

Editor’s Update: It was from watching the film, The Butler, that I first began to ponder who our modern heroes are. Shortly afterwards, I began this website. At that time, it was a curating blog, called Aware & Fair. One thing I learned from running the blog is there are many dedicated people and groups who are fighting for democracy and justice. And since 2013, the Progressive Movement has taken off. We may be OK… If climate devastation doesn’t advance too quickly. ~ J.C. January 21, 2019


American History

“The Butler” is a story about the life and career of Cecil Gaines, African-American White House butler. He served through eight presidencies, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. You see a whole chunk of American history through his eyes: the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and more.

Personal Lives

The Butler is also about a father-son relationship. The riff between them is unbearably stretched when the son joins the Black Panthers.

Then there are the revealing views of well-known personalities sprinkled throughout the movie. You see presidents, first ladies, King, little Caroline – close up.

The Butler is a truly great film. Because of a brilliant script, all-star cast, and insightful direction the story unfolds with a simple, elegant flow. It’s understated, yet incredibly deep, rich and full.

Personally, The Butler didn’t make me tear up, I actually sobbed. In the end, I realized the movie was about our heroes, the famous ones and the ones we never hear about.

The Real Man Behind the Story

The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. His story first came to light in the 2008 Washington Post article A Butler Well Served By This Election, written by Wil Haygood. Here’s a bit more about that:

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JoAnn Chateau
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JoAnn likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about Chester, the Alpha Bichon -- with a dash of humor and a dab of Poli-Sci. Her views and insights are tinted by a former profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and training in Library and Information Science. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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