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.

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  1. Danny Strong


  2. Lee Daniels


Top Billed Cast

  1. Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Cecil Gaines

  2. David Banner

    David Banner

    Earl Gaines

  3. Michael Rainey Jr.

    Michael Rainey Jr.

    Cecil Gaines (8)

  4. LaJessie Smith

    LaJessie Smith


  5. Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey

    Hattie Pearl

  6. Alex Pettyfer

    Alex Pettyfer

    Thomas Westfall

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 12m

Budget $25,000,000.00

Revenue $115,922,175.00

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Release Information

  • August 16, 2013
    PG-13, Theatrical



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