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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | | 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 und ihr Chauffeur  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$106,593,296 (USA)
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Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, and Angela Lansbury all were interested in playing Miss Daisy. Studio executives also considered a Bette Midler/Eddie Murphy pairing. See more »

Goofs

When Daisy visits the Piggly Wiggly near her house in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, a small movie theater named the Rialto is next to it. In the real Atlanta of that time, there was a major downtown movie theater named the Rialto (now the Rialto Center for the Arts). A small neighborhood movie house would not have taken the same name as a downtown first-run theater. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Werthan: [as Hoke drives Miss Daisy to a dinner at which Martin Luther King is to speak] Boolie said the silliest thing to me just the other day.
Hoke Colburn: What'd he say?
Daisy Werthan: We were talking about Martin Luther King. I assume you know him.
Hoke Colburn: No'm, I don't know him.
Daisy Werthan: But, you've heard him preach.
Hoke Colburn: Yes'm... same way you have, on the TV.
Daisy Werthan: I think he's wonderful.
Hoke Colburn: [Hoke ponders what Daisy said] What you gettin' at, Miss Daisy?
Daisy Werthan: Well, Boolie says you wanted to go with me to this dinner. Did you tell him that?
Hoke Colburn: No'm, I didn't.
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FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
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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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