The Butler

Synopsis: The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. It is inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served by This Election".
Genre: Drama, History
Year:
2013
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SEQUENCE:
Cecil traveling through the Southern countryside.

He walks through the rain, alone, hungry and desperate.

CECIL V.O. (CONT’D)

No one would give me a job, or

food, or a place to sleep. I was

hungry all the time.

EXT. STREET INTO TOWN - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - 1933

Cecil walks into a town and passes by two lynched men hanging

from a pole (the opening of the film). Cecil stares at them,

terrified.

CECIL V.O.

Any white man could kill any of us

at any time and not be punished for

it. The law wasn’t on our side. The

law was against us.

EXT. HOTEL RESTAURANT - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - 1933

Cecil creeps down the street through the pouring rain.

Paranoid, he looks over his shoulder. He peers in a window of

the restaurant, sees an elaborate array of succulent pies and

cakes resting on the counter.

CECIL V.O.

And even though I knew the law was

against me...

He gazes in, then suddenly SMASHES the window with his fist!

INT. HOTEL RESTAURANT - NIGHT - 1933

His wrist gashed and spilling blood, Cecil heads toward the

pastry laced counter. He devours a frosted coconut creme

cake. He sees his blood drip into the frosting.

Cecil catches a glimpse of himself in the mirror behind the

counter. The hunger in his eyes, blood mixed with white

frosting against his black skin are a site of the macabre.

CECIL V.O.

...I never knew I could be this

hungry.

Then a VOICE calls out from across the room.

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Danny Strong

Daniel W. Strong (born June 6, 1974) is an American actor, film and television writer, director, and producer. As an actor, Strong is best known for his roles as Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doyle McMaster in Gilmore Girls. more…

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Submitted by acronimous on March 03, 2019

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