Dramatic contrasting layers

He found 89-year-old Eugene Allen, who had been a butler in the White House from the 1950s through the 1980s, serving under eight presidents. This is his story.

In the film his name is Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) and, in 1926, he was working on a cotton farm with his family in Georgia where he witnesses his mother being raped by the owner of the property and his father being shot in front of him.

After training inside the house under the benevolent dictatorship of the lady of the

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