Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
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
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Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson presented the Best Picture Oscars to producers David Brown and Lili Fini Zanuck at the Oscar ceremony in 1990. See more »
The baking soda box on the kitchen counter has the reminder calendar showing, which was printed later than the era of the movie. See more »
I've never been prejudiced in my life and you know it.
[about the Martin Luther King dinner]
Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
Hoke? Don't be ridiculous. He wouldn't go.
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Only those with dull minds would find this boring.
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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