Change begins with a whisper

“If you can love your enemy, you already have victory.”

Preacher Green

The Help

Release Date: August 10, 2011

Based on the critically acclaimed No. 1 New York Times best-selling debut novel by Kathryn Stockett, The Help, adapted for the screen and directed by Tate Taylor, chronicles the relationship between three different and extraordinary women in 1960s Mississippi, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts all three women at risk.

A remarkable sisterhood emerges from an improbable alliance when Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), a recent college graduate who lands a job writing a cleaning-hints column for the local newspaper, seeks the help of Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), her best friend’s maid, and the outspoken Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer). The women find themselves embarking on a clandestine project, spurred by a book editor in New York and inspired by the moving stories Skeeter discovers through her conversations with Aibileen of her difficult, often painful life. This instills in the three friends the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face to face with the changing times.

Joining Stone, Davis and Spencer is an ensemble cast of talented actresses including Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, and Sissy Spacek.

Deeply moving, filled with humor, hope and heart, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • EMMA STONE,
  • VIOLA DAVIS,
  • OCTAVIA SPENCER,
  • BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD,
  • JESSICA CHASTAIN,
  • ALLISON JANNEY,
  • SISSY SPACEK,
  • CICELY TYSON
DIRECTOR
  • TATE TAYLOR
SCREENWRITER
  • TATE TAYLOR,
  • BASED ON THE NOVEL BY KATHRYN STOCKETT
PRODUCERS
  • MICHAEL BARNATHAN,
  • CHRIS COLUMBUS,
  • BRUNSON GREEN,
  • SONYA LUNSFORD
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • STEPHEN GOLDBLATT
EDITOR
  • HUGHES WINBORNE
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • MARK RICKER
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • SHAREN DAVIS
COMPOSER
  • THOMAS NEWMAN
AWARDS
  • ACADEMY AWARD: BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING IN A ROLE (OCTAVIA SPENCER)