The Help

Movie information

Change begins with a whisper. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for thematic material.
Released on:
August 10, 2011 (Wed)   

Previously Announced Release Dates:
August 12, 2011

Production Companies:
1492 Pictures, Harbinger Pictures
Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks

Status: Released

Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Ahna O'Reilly, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Chris Lowell, David Oyelowo

Director: Tate Taylor

Screenwriter: Tate Taylor
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Period
About the film:
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material.

Project Timeline:
Mar. 22, 2010: Cast: Emma Stone (in negotiations)
Apr. 14, 2010: Cast: Viola Davis
Apr. 27, 2010: Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard
May 20, 2010: Cast: Chris Lowell
Sep. 27, 2010: Cast: David Oyelowo
Oct. 13, 2011: Release Date: August 12, 2011
Jun. 30, 2011: Release Date: August 10, 2011
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Related links:
  • The Help - The Novel

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    Lidia – YqfXQpwRJ
    September 13, 2011 - 23:50
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    Many many quality poitns there.

    smokedsalmoned – Oak Mi
    February 02, 2011 - 14:44
    Subject: Truth or Fiction.

    Will they portray the situation realistically.
    JFK and northern democrats voted against a civil rights amendment in the 50's under Eisenhower while Republicans voted overwhelmingly for it.
    Southern slave owners founded the democrat party (Andy Jackson), ran the secession movement, fought the civil war on the southern side, created Jim Crow laws, hung african americans and manned the KKK.
    The south was ruled by Democrats through the 1960's until Millions of northerners moved into the south and turned the demographis and the political landscape upside down.
    MLK surely would not have grown in up in segregationist Democrat GA and voted Democrat.
    Will the movie hint at these truths or portray the leftist medias racist ideology of reversing the true role of the Republican party in southern politics as well as actual history?

    Virginia – Jackson MS
    February 28, 2010 - 13:17
    Subject: Tate Taylor's Background

    What I can tell you is that the film will most likely be filmed in the delta in Greenwood not in Jackson. There was a possibility of it being filmed in Louisiana but a push to keep it in MS will most likely prevail. I imagine production will start in the next few months going on into the summer.

    Jim Ewing – Ajijic, Mexico
    February 26, 2010 - 22:29
    Subject: Tate Taylor's background

    I'm curious about Tate Taylor's parents. Were they John Taylor and
    Mary Ann Ryan? When did he attend Ole Miss? Greek? Did he grow
    up in Jackson? Attend Jackson Prep? Will THE HELP be filmed in
    Jackson? When?

    Reply to Jim Ewing
    mary p brantley – mississippi
    March 24, 2010 - 21:56
    Subject: Re: Tate Taylor's background

    No, those are not the names of Tate Taylor's parents. He did attend Ole Miss and was in a fraternity