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Driving Miss Daisy -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Alfred Uhry (screenplay)
Alfred Uhry (play)
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Release Date:
26 January 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The comedy that won a Pulitzer Prize See more »
Plot:
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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"Driving Miss Daisy" is a masterpiece. See more (123 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Bruce Beresford 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alfred Uhry (screenplay)

Alfred Uhry (play)

Produced by
David Brown .... executive producer
Robert Doudell .... associate producer
Jake Eberts .... co-executive producer
Alfred Uhry .... associate producer
Lili Fini Zanuck .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Peter James (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Warner 
 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
 
Art Direction by
Victor Kempster 
 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth McBride 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... assistant makeup
Kevin Haney .... makeup consultant
Philip Ivey .... hair stylist (as Phillip Ivey)
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Robert Doudell .... unit production manager
Russell Paris .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director (as Martha Elcan)
Katterli Frauenfelder .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Benjamin Beresford .... property assistant
Wren Boney .... head set dresser
Gary Buckles .... set dresser (as Gary L. Buckles)
Don E. Cochran .... scenic chargeman
Tom S. Gunter .... scenic billboards
Jeanne M. Hall .... greensperson
Paul Huggins .... construction foreman
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator
Kristen McGary .... lead person (as Kris McGary)
John Oliveira .... set dresser
Vera Smith .... property assistant
Philip Steuer .... property
Karen Young .... set dresser
Bill Zullo .... property assistant (as William Zullo)
Steven Blutstein .... lead man (uncredited)
Steven Blutstein .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jeff Cronin .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Phil Hayes .... set dresser (uncredited)
George A. Lee .... painter (uncredited)
Amy McGary .... buyer (uncredited)
Stephanie Ryan .... additional art department assistant (uncredited)
Johnny Thigpen .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Gloria Cooper .... cableperson
Gloria Cooper .... second boom
Melissa Dietz .... dialogue editor
Clare C. Freeman .... assistant editor (as Clare Freeman)
Hank Garfield .... production mixer
Karen Harding .... assistant editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Tim Holland .... effects editor
Matthew Iadarola .... re-recording mixer
Ronald Jacobs .... dialogue editor
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Matt Patterson .... recordist (as Matthew Patterson)
Andy Rovins .... boom operator
David Slusser .... foley recordist
Kim Cascone .... assistant foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
B.J. Shelley .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision (uncredited)
Richard Kilroy .... matte painter: Introvision (uncredited)
Richard Kilroy .... model builder (uncredited)
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rick Rische .... matte painter: Introvision (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Mabry .... stunt double (as Danny Mabry)
Mags Kavanaugh .... stunt double (uncredited)
Gene Witham .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Becker .... best boy
Sam Emerson .... still photographer (as Sam Young Emerson)
Michael Fedack .... dolly grip (as Michael John Fedack)
David J. Frederick .... first assistant camera (as David John Frederick)
Robert Kempf .... key grip
David Meistrich .... second assistant camera
Greg Morse .... playback operator
Erich Roland .... camera operator
Keith Sherer .... gaffer
David Sinrich .... best boy / grip
David Reeder .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Elyn Wright .... casting: Atlanta (as Elyn S. Wright)
Diane Alexander .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kris Kearney .... costumer (as Kristine Kearney)
Susan Mickey .... costumer (as Susan E. Mickey)
Marsha Perloff .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Donald Likovich .... assistant film editor
Jeremiah O'Driscoll .... apprentice film editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Steven Ramirez .... first assistant film editor
Tom Shaffer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Barry Levine .... music supervisor
Laura Perlman .... music editor
Jay Rifkin .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Cindy Parker .... transportation captain
J.L. Parker .... transportation coordinator
Ronald F. Debranski II .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Royce D. Applegate .... additional voice (as Royce Applegate)
Bowen Astrop .... production assistant
Robert Ballentine .... assistant location manager
Ronni Chasen .... public relations
June Christopher .... additional voice
Andrew M. Comins .... location manager
Leigh French .... additional voice
Nanette Guidebeck .... assistant production coordinator
Archie Hahn .... additional voice
Annette Haywood-Carter .... script supervisor
Colleen Hess .... stand-in
Bob Hoffman .... unit publicist (as Robert Hoffman)
B.J. Hughes .... stand-in
Jim LaClair .... production assistant (as James LaClair)
Eugene Lee .... additional voice
Robert E. Lee .... production accountant
Lois Middlebrooks .... stand-in
Charlene Murray .... production secretary (as Charlene Murray/Rose)
Stoke T. Renigade Patterson .... production assistant (as Stroke T. Renigade)
Letha Perkins .... stand-in
Felton Perry .... additional voice
Wendy Price .... production accountant (as Wendy M. Price)
Patricia Sammons .... craft service (as Tricia Sammons)
Judith Schefke .... assistant to the producers
Katherine Shaw .... researcher
Ruth Silveira .... additional voice
Michael C. Smith .... police coordinator (as Mike Smith)
Gregory Snegoff .... additional voice
Eric P. Steckler .... production accountant
Lynne Marie Stewart .... additional voice (as Lynne Stewart)
Sean Swint .... production assistant
Arnold F. Turner .... additional voice (as Arnold Turner)
Leon Watkins .... stand-in
Jonathan Watson .... production assistant
Teresa M. Yarbrough .... production coordinator
Frans J. Afman .... financial services (uncredited)
Larry Gilbert .... police security (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Irving Vendig .... our gratitude to: creator-writer, "The Edge of Night"
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby Digital (DVD version)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:PG (#29912) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene where Miss Daisy gives Hoke a writing book as a gift she mentions to Hoke that she taught Mayor Hartsfield out of the same book. This is a reference to William Hartsfield (1890-1971) who was a six term mayor of Altanta from 1937-1961.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Hoke and Miss Daisy are in the cemetery, Miss Daisy asks Hoke to put some flowers on a friends grave. Hoke tells Miss Daisy that he never learned how to read. Later in the film on the icy morning, Hoke brings coffee to Miss Daisy, she asks him how he managed to get there (on the icy roads.) Hoke replies, "I learned how drive on the ice when I was driving for Avondale Dairy, ain't nothing to it." If he couldn't read in the first part of the movie then how was he able to pass a driving test or drive for a dairy? Driving tests both written and hands-on have been required in every state long before the period time that Driving Miss Daisy was set in, 1950s - 1970s.See more »
Quotes:
Boolie Werthan:How're you, Idella?
Idella:Livin'.
Boolie Werthan:Where's that vacuum cleaner I brought over here?
Idella:In the closet.
Boolie Werthan:[turning to Hoke] She won't touch it.
Idella:I would if it didn't give me a shock every time I come near it!
Boolie Werthan:It works for me!
Idella:Fine... you clean and I'll go down and run your office!
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Soundtrack:
(I LOVE YOU) FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONSSee more »

FAQ

What movie was Idella watching when she dies of heart attack?
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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
"Driving Miss Daisy" is a masterpiece., 19 May 2000
Author: john in missouri from United States

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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