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USA:146 min
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Tate Taylor
Won Oscar. Another 72 wins & 94 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2011-08-10
Filming Locations: Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $26,044,590 (USA) (14 August 2011)
Gross: $169,708,112 (USA) (8 March 2012)
Emma Stone
Emma Stone
The Help
Viola Davis
Aibileen Clark
Bryce Dallas Howard
Hilly Holbrook
Octavia Spencer
Minny Jackson
Jessica Chastain
Celia Foote
Ahna O'Reilly
Elizabeth Leefolt
Allison Janney
Charlotte Phelan
Anna Camp
Jolene French
Eleanor Henry
Mae Mobley
Emma Henry
Mae Mobley
Chris Lowell
Stuart Whitworth
Cicely Tyson
Constantine Jefferson
Mike Vogel
Johnny Foote
Sissy Spacek
Missus Walters
Brian Kerwin
Robert Phelan
Wes Chatham
Carlton Phelan
Aunjanue Ellis
Yule Mae Davis
Ted Welch
William Holbrook
Shane McRae
Raleigh Leefolt
Roslyn Ruff
Tarra Riggs
Leslie Jordan
Mr. Blackly
Mary Steenburgen
Elain Stein
Tiffany Brouwer
Carol Lee
Carol Sutton
Millicent Bolton
Ashley Johnson
Mary Beth Caldwell
Ritchie Montgomery
Bus Driver
Don Brock
White Bus Passenger
Florence 'Flo' Roach
Maid #1
Nelsan Ellis
Henry The Waiter
David Oyelowo
Preacher Green
Rachel (as La Chanze)
Dana Ivey
Gracie Higginbotham
Becky Fly
Woman in Grocery Store
Sheerene Whitfield
Maid #2
Cleta Elaine Ellington
Donna The Receptionist (as Cleta E. Ellington)
Henry Carpenter
John Taylor
Missus Walters' Date
Charles Cooper
Tire Winner @ Ballroom #1
Diana Cooper
Tire Winner @ Ballroom #2
Coyt Bailey
Party Guest #3
Wade Cottonfield
Lead Singer of Band
Kelsey Scot
Sugar Jackson (as Kelsey Scott)
Amy Beckwith
Bridge Club
Sloane Fair
Bridge Club
Anna Jennings
Bridge Club
Lauren Miller
Bridge Club
Elizabeth Smith
Bridge Club
Mary Taylor Killebrew
Bridge Club
Kathryn Ursy
Bridge Club
Stephanie Ward
Bridge Club (as Steffany Ward)
Julie Ann Doan
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Stuart Greenwell
Barber (uncredited)
Lamar Lott
Bus Rider (uncredited)
Jordan Sudduth
Restaurant Gallant (uncredited)
Mario Tolliver
Church Member (uncredited)
Did you know?
Award: Prix Lumière sur... Kinépolis 2011 (Tate Taylor).
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Katy Perry was almost cast as Celia Foote but had to turn the role down due to scheduling conflicts with the release of her album "Teenage Dream."
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Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Jessica Chastain also appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Chastain also starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life (2011).
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Near the end of the scene with the commodes. The closest toilet has a modern plastic fill valve. In the 1960's all of these valves were brass or copper. The color would have been of that metal or a shade of green from corrosion.
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At the fund raiser, Celia rips some of Miss Hilly's dress off. Later when Miss Hilly is outside with her mother, it appears to be fixed again. However, upon closer inspection, the sleeve is clearly pushed up against the rest of the dress to make the damage less conspicuous - a gap can be seen where her skin is showing through.
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(at around 45 mins) When Skeeter drives into downtown Jackson at the beginning of the film there is a Triumph Motorcycle parked in the background. The color scheme of the motorcycle's tank is the same as the factory color scheme from a 1970 Triumph Tiger 650. The movie takes place around 1962-1963.
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Charlotte Phelan: Love and hate are two horns on the same goat, Eugenia. And you need a goat.
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Elizabeth Leefolt: [after Mae Mobley has used a toilet dropped on Hilly's lawn, Elizabeth pulls her off and spanks her; crying sounds are heard offscreen] You will get a disease from those toilets!
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Celia Foote: They don't like me because of what they think I did.
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Who is Jim Crow?
Jim Crow is not an actual person but a set of segregation laws, known as Jim Crow laws that mandated separation of facilities between whites and nonwhites, e.g., public schools, public transportation, restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains, in the southern United States from 1876 to 1965. Other examples of segregation laws, as read aloud by Aibileen from a pamphlet of the Mississippi Laws Governing the Conduct of Nonwhites and Other Minorities include: (1) No person shall require any white female to nurse in wards or rooms in which Negro men are placed; (2) Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and colored schools but shall continue to be used by the race first using them; (3) No colored barber shall serve as a barber to white women or girls; and (4) Any person printing, publishing, or circulating written matter urging for public acceptance of social equality between Whites and Negros is subject to imprisonment. School segregation was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954, and most of the other Jim Crow laws were eventually overruled by the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
What is 'The Help' about?
Recent college graduate Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan (Emma Stone) returns to her hometown in Jackson, Mississippi and lands a job at The Jackson Journal writing the 'Miss Myrna' cleaning advice column. Raised as a southern society girl, Skeeter has little experience cleaning, since it's the 1960s and all white society women have black maids to do the cooking, housework, and child-raising. In order to get help answering the letters until she 'gets a knack for it', Skeeter asks her best friend Elizabeth Leefolt (Ahna O'Reilly) if she might be allowed to speak with her maid, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis). Elizabeth agrees 'as long as it doesn't interfere' with Aibileen's work. After seeing the way her friends, particularly the arrogant Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), treat and talk condescendingly about their own maids, and learning that her mother (Allison Janney) fired their beloved maid Constantine (Cicely Tyson) after 29 years working for the Phelans, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids (referred to as 'the help'), exposing the racism they face when working for white families...that is, if she can get any maids, most of whom fear for their lives, to talk to her.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Help can be found here.
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Emma Stone