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Backstairs at the White House
Backstairs at the White House
Actors: Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Hooks, Bill Overton
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
NR     2005     7hr 24min

The classic miniseries about two remarkable women and the eight First Families they served — Their unrivaled behind-the-scenes access gives White House staff a uniquely personal view of history in the making. Two remarkable...  more »


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Actors: Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Hooks, Bill Overton
Creators: Robert L. Morrison, Paul LaMastra, Roy E. Peterson
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, African American Cinema
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/01/2005
Original Release Date: 01/29/1979
Theatrical Release Date: 01/29/1979
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 7hr 24min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A lost treasure now found again
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With all the attention people give The West Wing (I should talk, I've bought them all here), and big screen comedies like The American President (I own that too), here's a REAL look at the White House of the first half of the 20th Century. Olivia Cole stars as Maggie Rogers, a black woman with 2 kids, and a constantly disappearing husband, who gets a job as a maid at "ole 1600" at the beginning of the Taft administration. Leslie Uggams plays the adult version of her daughter Lillian, and between the 2 of them they see the ins and outs of the first families all the way til Kennedy's inauguration. An all star cast of known tv and movie stars, portray the Tafts, Wilsons, Hardings, Coolidges, Hoovers, Roosevelts, Trumans and Eisenhowers, as well as other maids, butlers, chauffers, etc. If you think the West Wing gives a great look, at the staffers during an administration, get this classic mini series which you will see the oval through the eyes of the "permanent" staff. Screenplay written Paul Dubov and Gwen Bagni based on their novel which in turn is based on the real Lillian Rogers own autobiography "My 30 Years Backstairs At The White House". Since VCRs were invented, I thought this series was long gone. When The History Channel was born, I thought it would get a new lease on life. Now 25 years later it finally has, Thank you, NBC for finally giving the rights to a (even a local (to me at least) video manufacturer like Acorn to release a DVD copy. I will NOT let this one get away from me.:-)"
Don't Miss
W. Schultz | Detroit | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Leslie Uggams and Oliva Cole bring to live the true story of a mother and daughter that spent their lives working "backstairs at the white house". The story is beautiful and the performaces match. It has been years waiting for this to come to Home Video (never did make VHS) but at long last it's here. don't miss it."
Back Where It Belongs!
Buddy's Master | Mays Landing, NJ | 11/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally, the 4 disc Presidential story of some of our later presidents is available to the public - where it should have been at the early beginning of VHS/BETA! Traces the history of the domestic staff along with the presidents and their families from William Howard Taft to the inaguration of the Kennedy White House.

Each of the four colorful discs is enclosed in a separate holder and all are enclosed in a box with a pamphlet of information. The discs are in much better shape than I thought they would be and would rate the quality a 4 out of 5 and quantity a 5 out of 5. Good but not as good as Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Years - better color and in letterbox! The set is worth the price and will provide hours of enjoyment."
FINALLY Released
W. N. Harris | Washington DC metro area | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The release of this DVD is LONG overdue. It is EXCELLENT. Based on the books My 30 Years Backstairs at the White House and Backstairs at the White House it's the lives, trials and celebrations of the first families from President Taft's administration through to the Kennedy inauguration as told by a mother-daughter team of White House staff workers.

No, it's not a scandalous expose as one would expect in this 21st century but rather the historical and human sides of the White House residents and staff within the walls of the executive mansion.

First aired as a 4 or 5 night mini-series in I believe 1979, it has stuck in my memory for these many years!

Again, well worth it and too long overdue.