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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Alfred Uhry (screenplay), Alfred Uhry (play)
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Hoke Colburn
Jessica Tandy ... Daisy Werthan
Dan Aykroyd ... Boolie Werthan
Patti LuPone ... Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
Esther Rolle ... Idella
Jo Ann Havrilla ... Miss McClatchey (as Joann Havrilla)
William Hall Jr. William Hall Jr. ... Oscar
Alvin M. Sugarman Alvin M. Sugarman ... Dr. Weil
Clarice F. Geigerman Clarice F. Geigerman ... Nonie
Muriel Moore Muriel Moore ... Miriam
Sylvia Kaler Sylvia Kaler ... Beulah
Carolyn Gold Carolyn Gold ... Neighbor Lady
Crystal R. Fox ... Katie Bell
Bob Hannah ... Red Mitchell
Ray McKinnon ... Trooper #1
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Storyline

An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,745, 17 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,593,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,793,296, 31 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Miss Daisy gives Hoke a writing book as a gift, she mentions to Hoke, that she taught Mayor Hartsfield out of the same book. This is a reference to William Hartsfield (1890-1971) who was a six term mayor of Atlanta from 1937-1961. See more »

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The baking soda box on the kitchen counter has the reminder calendar showing, which was printed later than the era of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Hoke Colburn: [Hoke and Idella are walking to Daisy's house and notice Boolie's car in the driveway] Now what do you suppose he's doin' here this early in the mornin'?
Idella: Dunno... can't be good, I promise you that!
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References Gentleman's Agreement (1947) See more »

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KISS OF FIRE
(1952)
Written by Lester Allen and Robert Hill
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Don't Be a Back Seat Driver, Miss Daisy
29 August 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"Driving Miss Daisy" is so quiet and genteel that it threatens to evaporate right off the screen.

The source material is well written and carries with it a certain poignancy and power, but one suspects that it carried even more power on stage. The impression left by the film is that director Bruce Beresford had trouble filling out the screen.

He does get nice performances from his actors, though, especially Jessica Tandy as the title character, a privileged white woman through whose unique perspective we see the gradual changes wrought by the civil rights movement. Morgan Freeman is her chauffeur, and he does the gentle sage routine that seemed fresh at the time because we hadn't yet realized that that's all he would do for the next twenty years. And Dan Aykroyd takes an uncharacteristic stroll through more dramatic terrain as Miss Daisy's son.

"Driving Miss Daisy" is a pleasant enough movie, but the fact that it won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture, more than emphasizing the quality of this particular film, points out the lack of quality of everything else that year.

Grade: B


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