In the early stages of the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort seeking sanctuary. In the based-on-actual-events drama Butler, the titular Major General at the fort finds himself stuck in a bind, as the law requires the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. In his quest to discover a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits to determine what is legal and what is right. This searing drama drew praise from The New York Times, which called it "splendid."
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