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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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Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
William Hall Jr. ...
Alvin M. Sugarman ...
Clarice F. Geigerman ...
Muriel Moore ...
Sylvia Kaler ...
Carolyn Gold ...
Bob Hannah ...
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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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Release Date:

26 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$106,593,296 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The play "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1988. See more »


Hoke gets the left over pork chops but decides to eat the salmon. Jews don't eat pork so how could Daisy have leftover pork chops ? See more »


Daisy Werthan: [on the phone, trying to get a ride to her hair appointment] Well, I need you now, I have to be at the beauty parlor in half an hour... no, I most certainly did NOT know you have to call a minimum of three hours ahead! I don't know why you call yourselves a taxicab company if you can't provide taxicabs!
Idella: [in the other room, polishing a table] Why don't you call your son down at the mill? He'll send somebody for you.
Daisy Werthan: That won't be necessary... I'll just cancel the appointment and fix my own hair!
Idella: ...
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Referenced in Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) See more »


Words and Music by Charles Harris (as Charles K. Harris)
Sung a cappella by Jessica Tandy (uncredited)
Published by Charles K. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.
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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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