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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 January 1990 (USA)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

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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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26 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Miss Daisy et son chauffeur  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$106,593,296 (USA)
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Alfred Uhry's 1987 play "Driving Miss Daisy," on which this movie is based, is the first of his "Atlanta Trilogy" of plays about Jews in Atlanta, Georgia. The other two plays are "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (1996), a play about a family preparing for the Atlanta Jewish society cotillion, and "Parade" (1998), a musical about the false conviction and 1915 lynching of Atlanta factory manager Leo Frank. See more »

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When Hoke is in the phone booth outside of the "Piggly Wiggly" you can see a theatre in the background. The movie on the Marquee is "Scudda Hoo! Scudday Hay!" This was not released in 1953, it was released in 1948. It would not have been in theaters for over 4 to 5 years. (You can see the year that has passed when the Christmas Scene showing the cards starts at around 0:40:43 in the movie.)

Boolie hired Hoke only six days before this scene ("The same time it took the lord to make the world"). In addition, when Hoke and Idella are in the kitchen talking, the announcer on the radio mentions that the year is 1948. By the time of the cemetery scene, the year is 1951. See more »

Quotes

[to Hoke on his first day of work]
Idella: I wouldn't be in your shoes if the Sweet Lord Jesus come down and asked me himself.
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SANTA BABY
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Written by Tony Springer, Philip Springer (as Phil Spring), and Joan Javits
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A touching film that is a story of ultimate friendship and loyalty.
31 October 1998 | by (Brea, California USA) – See all my reviews

Driving Miss Daisy is the story of a frienship between a hard to live with Jewish lady and her chauffeur. Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy give great performances along with Dan Aykroyd as a loving son to Miss Daisy. Great score and cinamatography add to this films enjoyment. If you're an old car buff like me, note that beautiful 1948 Hudson that is used in the first half of the movie.


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