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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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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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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Miss Daisy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$106,593,296 (USA)
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Trivia

While being interviewed in the 2008 PBS Mini-Series The Jewish Americans (2008), Alfred Uhry, who wrote the film's screen play and grew up as a Jewish child in Atlanta during the 40's and 50's, admitted that many Jews in Atlanta celebrated Christmas like Boolie and his wife in attempt to be a part of a community where Jews were a minority. See more »

Goofs

When Hoke is driving Miss Daisy home after the temple bombing, he passes a parked blue and white pickup and nearby black sedan, visible through his window, twice. 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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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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Only those with dull minds would find this boring.
7 December 1998 | by (Boise, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

Only those with dull minds would find this boring. A truly perfect movie, in my opinion. I never saw the stage production, but I can't believe it could have been better. I believe the movie was perfectly cast, as well, even though I adore Dana Ivey, who originated the role of Daisy Werthan. By the way, I can see a day far in the future when Morgan Freeman will win an Oscar for a small supporting role in an otherwise forgettable movie. That Oscar will be the reward for movies like this one.


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