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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | | Drama | 26 January 1990 (USA)
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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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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26 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$106,593,296 (USA)
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One of three Warner Bros. movies in a row where the Best Picture winner costars Morgan Freeman. The other two are Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). The Departed (2006) would be the first Warner Bros. Best Picture Oscar without Morgan Freeman since Amadeus (1984). It is also the only one out of the three that Clint Eastwood didn't direct or star with Morgan Freeman. See more »

Goofs

The morning of the ice storm scene brought a power outage to Miss Daisy's house, but an outside view of her porch that morning clearly shows a large light fully ablaze. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Werthan: Did you have the air-conditioning checked? I told you to have the air-conditioning checked.
Hoke Colburn: I had the air-conditioning checked. I don't know what for. You never allow me to turn it on.
Daisy Werthan: Hush up!
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Referenced in Dangerous Ground (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

SONG TO THE MOON
(1901)
(excerpt from the opera "Rusalka")
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Gabriela Benacková & the Ceská Filharmonie (as Czech Philharmonic)
Conducted by Václav Neumann (uncredited)
Courtesy of Supraphon Int'l
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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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