Forest Whittaker plays Cecil Gaines the real life black butler at the White House, he does it very well. He works under many Presidential Administrations as the movie cuts between his life, his son Lewis Gaines and the American Civil Rights movement. This is at times a very powerful movie, some of the scenes are harrowing to think what went on in the American South, it is also a nice historical insight into life, society and Presidents through the years. There is maybe a bit of fat to be trimmed as I felt it dragged in places. The cast is absolutely fantastic John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman play presidents. Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Cuba Gooding Jr. play roles and there is even room for Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. Would I recommend this movie? Yeah it’s a cracking learning tool, with some fine performances, just try not to zone out when it slows down in places.