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The Help
Two black maids standing, beside two white women on a bench. Against a bright yellow background, the text in light purple.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tate Taylor
Produced by
Screenplay by Tate Taylor
Starring
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Editing by Hughes Winborne
Studio DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Participant Media
Image Nation
1492 Pictures
Harbinger Pictures
Release date(s) August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09) (Beverly Hills)
August 10, 2011 (2011-08-10) (United States)
Running time 146 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • India
  • United Arab Emirates
Language English
Budget $25 million
Money made $216.6 million

The Help is a 2011 American drama movie based on Kathryn Stockett's novel and directed by Tate Taylor. It stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain.

Plot

The young Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns to her hometown. She has finished her study at the University of Mississippi and now she wants to be a novelist. She begins to interview African-American women who are housemaids working for white people. She writes a book about the lives of the housemaids. First of all, the housemaids are against an interview. However, after an incident, many housemaids tell about their lives. Each shift begins with a whisper, but the voices get louder and many people have many things to tell.

Awards

The Help won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Octavia Spencer in the category best actress in a supporting role. Viola Davis was nominated for an Oscar in the category best actress in a leading role.

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