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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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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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15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Miss Daisy  »

Box Office

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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 »

Goofs

Hoke arrives at Miss Daisy's on the day of the ice storm. As Miss Daisy walks across the room, there is a window behind her and it looks like a green leafy tree can been seen outside. It looks like it is a very cold snowy day so unless the tree is a pine or fir, it looks like spring or summer. Also there is no ice or snow on the tree. See more »

Quotes

[Hoke and Boolie are walking thru Daisy's vacated home discussing how Hoke and Daisy have been since Daisy had to be put in the nursing home]
Boolie Werthan: I suppose you don't get out to see her very much.
Hoke Colburn: No, sir... it's hard not drivin'. Every now and then I takes a taxi cab, but don't too many taxis go out yonder.
Boolie Werthan: I'm sure she appreciates it.
Hoke Colburn: Yes, sir.
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Hoke Colburn: Some days, she better than others... but then, who ain't?
[Hoke and Boolie both laugh]
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Written by Deek Watson and Willie Best (as William Best)
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"Driving Miss Daisy" is a masterpiece.
19 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking for a great, in-yer-face fast-moving action THRILLER? Driving Miss Daisy ain't it.

Looking for a great MOVIE? You're in the right place.

"Driving Miss Daisy" charts the subtly-shifting relationship between "Miss Daisy," a very reluctantly aging Jewish lady who's no longer able to drive for herself, and her new (and, as you can expect, rather unwelcome!) driver -- a not-terribly-young-himself Black guy (or African-American guy, whichever you prefer) named Hoke.

Bear in mind this is the Deep South of the 1950's and 60's we're talking about here, and the racial attitudes and prejudices of that time make for fascinating background -- as does the whole general culture, which I believe was well portrayed.

The directors frankly took on some delicate racial subject matter here (and certainly the racial divide in those days was very deep indeed) -- but they handled it with remarkable skill. I think they succeeded so well because they brought you into the lives of people as people, not just as cardboard stereotypes. Long before the movie is over, you find yourself really caring about the two main characters -- Daisy and Hoke.

This is a movie about life, relationships, and people. You see some good things -- and also some very human weaknesses, not the least of which is sheer stubborn pride.

I personally was a child of the deep South, and I appreciate movies such as this one and Jessica Tandy's other wonderful movie Fried Green Tomatoes (which is in some ways very similar) which give us a glimpse into the culture of those days. There are definitely things we can learn from the past, and there are also things we can learn from watching how people change over the course of their lives.

Several moments from this movie stand out, some of which are funny, some sobering, and some of which are particularly moving:

The scene involving Dr. Martin Luther King.

The unashamedly bigoted comments of a 50's or 60's police officer.

A great scene involving Hoke and Miss Daisy's businessman son.

An incredible scene in which Jessica Tandy portrays the aging Miss Daisy.

And, perhaps most of all, what Miss Daisy says to Hoke towards the end of the movie.

Now personally, I love action movies so well that I was initially reluctant even to watch this one. This is not a movie of action, but it IS a movie of substance and beauty, mixed with some funny moments.

The acting is great, the script and directing are beautifully done, and the substance, humor and beauty are such that overall, I consider "Driving Miss Daisy," one of the best movies I've ever seen.


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