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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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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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Trivia

The role of Florine, played by Patti LuPone, is not in the original play "Driving Miss Daisy". It was written in by playwright and screenwriter Alfred Uhry specifically for LuPone, who, Uhry felt, looked good in a costume. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Daisy discusses the first time she went to Mobile she commented that it was 1888 and she was 12 years old, earlier and later in the movie there is a picture shown that alludes it is Miss Daisy as a 5th grader and the year is 1896, assuming she would be at least a 5th grader by 12 years old the dates contradict each other. See more »

Quotes

Hoke Colburn: Hey, there, Oscar, Junior... how you boys doin' this morning?
Oscar: How the old lady treatin' you, Hoke?
Hoke Colburn: Lord, I tell you one thing... she sho' do know how to throw a fit!
[Hoke, Oscar, and Junior break out in laughter]
Daisy Werthan: What's so funny?
Hoke Colburn: Nothin', Miss Daisy. We jus' carryin' on.
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AFTER THE BALL
(1892)
Words and Music by Charles Harris (as Charles K. Harris)
Sung a cappella by Jessica Tandy (uncredited)
Published by Charles K. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.
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Unlikely best friends enter old age together
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy (in Oscar Winning performance) invoke grace and dignity in this sensitive treatment of race relations and old age. Freeman stars as a gentle, wise black chauffeur in the service of a spunky Jewish widow, played by Tandy. As the years pass, their relationship evolves into a remarkable friendship despite their different backgrounds.

The film is skillfully adapted from the award-winning play, unfolding against the backdrop of civil rights changes in the South. Somewhat simplistic to be considered a strong statement about race relations, the Best Picture/Best Screenpaly Oscar Winner makes a heartwarming effort to give witness to dignified aging.

Freeman was never better, and the chemistry between the two leads is simply beautiful to watch. This is a very special cinema experience.


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