The Help (2011)

Release date: August 10, 2011


From Variety:
DreamWorks Studios has picked up the film rights to
Kathryn Stockett's best selling tome "The Help," about the conflicted and complex relationships between Southern women and their housekeepers at the beginning of the civil rights movement.

Tate Taylor, a childhood friend of the author, will direct from his adapted script. He had acquired the film rights to the novel from Stockett.

"The Help" has spent 47 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list, where it is currently No. 1.

LinkSet in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, story explores how the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households is shattered when an aspiring writer interviews a maid, who speaks candidly about her experiences. The interview sets off shock waves that reverberate across the entire community.

"'The Help' is much more than a book, it has become a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of people everywhere," said Holly Bario. "Stockett's novel, and subsequently, Tate Taylor's script, perfectly depicts the distinctive relationships these women shared with one another. It's a story that has touched us and one that we look forward to bringing to a wider audience."


VIEW TRAILER
Extended trailer
VIDEO: Interviews with cast, director and author
Behind the scenes featurette, song written by Mary J. Blige
Kathryn Stockett's website
Picture gallery
THE HELP receives a rare A+ CinemaScore rating!
IMDb link
Song played in the trailer for The Help:
Change the World by David and Stacy Wilde (click on songs)

Cast:
Book told from perspective of
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny

PHELAN HOUSEHOLD
Constantine, Skeeter, Mrs & Mr Phelan, Carlton, Pascagoula
(Cicely Tyson, Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Brian Kerwin, Wes Chatham, Roslyn Ruff)

LEEFOLT HOUSEHOLD
Aibileen, Elizabeth & Raleigh Leefolt
(Viola Davis, Ahna O'Reilly, Shane McRae)

HOLBROOK HOUSEHOLD
Yule Mae, Hilly & William Holbrook, Mrs. Walters
(Aunjanue Ellis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Welch, Sissy Spacek)

FOOTE HOUSEHOLD
Minny, Celia & Johnny Foote
(Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Mike Vogel)

Jolene French, Stuart Whitworth, Preacher Green
(Anna Camp, Chris Lowell, David Oyelowo)












Gracie Higginbotham, Rachel Jefferson, Rebecca
(Dana Ivey, La Chanze, Tiffany Brouwer)












Elaine Stein
Mary Steenburgen

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like they are going to be true to the book--that's a relief!

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  2. Yeah, what's that about? Why do countless adaptations have to veer away from beloved plots?

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  3. I'm not sold on Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly... Hope that isn't a mistake...

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  4. I predict Viola Davis will carry the day. I have rarely seen a more in depth and nuanced actress than Davis. (She stole the scenes from Meryl Streep in Doubt - no easy feat with one of Streep's caliber). Glad to see Davis is finally getting the widespread attention she so richly deserves. CD - New Hampshire

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  5. This was a wonderful film and I am so pleased it kept the essence of the novel!

    I thought Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were brilliant.

    Though I truly hated her character both in the novel and the film I thought Bryce Dallas Howard did a superb job bringing Hilly to the big screen.

    Truly a wonderful film and one I will surely add to my DVD Collection!

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