The Help

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2011
  • Running time: 146 min
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone. read more
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The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone. The film and novel recount the story of young white woman and aspiring journalist Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan. The story focuses on her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights era in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids—referred to as "the help"— exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. DreamWorks Pictures acquired the screen rights to Stockett's novel in March 2010, and quickly commissioned the film into production with Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, and Brunson Green as producers. The film's casting began later that month, with principal photography following four months after in Mississippi. Touchstone Pictures released The Help worldwide, with a general theatrical release in North America on August 10, 2011. The film was a critical and commercial success; receiving positive reviews and grossing $216 million in worldwide box office. The Help received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Davis, and Best Supporting Actress for both Chastain and Spencer, with the latter winning the award. The film also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Original Release

08/10/2011

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Cast

Viola Davis Aibileen Clark
Bryce Dallas Howard Hilly Holbrook
Octavia Spencer Minny Jackson
Emma Stone Skeeter Phelan
Allison Janney Charlotte Phelan
Sissy Spacek Missus Walters
Jessica Chastain Celia Foote
Mike Vogel Johnny Foote
Chris Lowell Stuart Whitworth
Ahna O'Reilly Elizabeth Leefolt
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Tate Taylor

Writers

Tate Taylor, Kathryn Stockett

Cast

Viola Davis Aibileen Clark
Bryce Dallas Howard Hilly Holbrook
Octavia Spencer Minny Jackson
Emma Stone Skeeter Phelan
Allison Janney Charlotte Phelan
Sissy Spacek Missus Walters
Jessica Chastain Celia Foote
Mike Vogel Johnny Foote
Chris Lowell Stuart Whitworth
Ahna O'Reilly Elizabeth Leefolt
Anna Camp Jolene French
Cicely Tyson Constantine Jefferson
Aunjanue Ellis Yule Mae Davis
David Oyelowo Preacher Green
Dana Ivey Gracie Higginbotham
LaChanze Rachel
Brian Kerwin Robert Phelan
Wes Chatham Carlton Phelan
Ted Welch William Holbrook
Shane McRae Raleigh Leefolt

Producers

Jennifer Blum Executive Producer
Nate Berkus Executive Producer
L. Dean Jones Jr. Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei Executive Producer
Tate Taylor Executive Producer
Mark Radcliffe Executive Producer
John Norris Executive Producer
Michael Barnathan Producer
Chris Columbus Producer
Brunson Green Producer
Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei Producer
Sonya Lunsford Producer

Editors

Hughes Winborne

2012 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2012 Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2012 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
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