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Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Poster

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

Outside the car dealership, two cars are driving in the same direction through the intersection, one in front of the other, but the car ahead goes straight through the intersection in a left-hand turning lane, without causing an accident or any honking horns.
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Anachronisms 

The American flag in the Cadillac showroom has 50 stars (there were 48 states in 1955).
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When Hoke is eating while sitting at the kitchen table, there is a bottle of hot sauce on the table. The bottle cap can be seen to have a tamper-proof seal in place. Those weren't used at that time.
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The bombing of The Temple in Atlanta took place in 1958, yet is shown as occurring in 1966 or later (because it is shown after the scene in which Boolie receives an award in 1966). Hoke is also driving mid-1960s Cadillac in the scene.
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Just after Hoke comes to Miss Daisy's and is trying to stay busy, he is working outside in her zinnia bed. Miss Daisy bangs on the upstairs window to get him to stop. The window has Plexiglass in it, and doesn't make the sound that single-pane window glass of the period would have if someone banged on it with their knuckles.
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Just before Miss Daisy's first ride with Hoke, she walks down her street past a house that has multiple skylights, a type and style which didn't exist until 30 years later.
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The baking soda box on the kitchen counter has the reminder calendar showing, which was printed later than the era of the movie.
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Prior to Hoke driving Miss Daisy to Alabama the street scene shows very clearly directional arrows painted in the street. These weren't in use until at least the 1970s.
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When Hoke is calling Daisy's son to inform him that he has driven her to the store for the first time, the cord on the pay phone is of the modern vandal-resistant metallic design. Such cords did not appear until the 1960s.
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During the 1953 Christmas party at Boolie's house when Florine is scolding her maid for running out of coconut in their kitchen, a 1974 model KitchenAid dishwasher is seen behind Katie Bell.
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During the winter ice storm, Hoke brings Miss Daisy coffee from the Krispy Kreme in a polystyrene cup. Those type of cups were not available during that time.
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Boom mic visible 

Scene where Miss Daisy and her son talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Continuity 

Hoke and Daisy are stopped by state troopers in Alabama, but the patch on the trooper's left sleeve indicates that they are Georgia State Troopers, and therefore are out of jurisdiction.
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When Hoke is driving Miss Daisy through the backwoods of a long trip, he is driving a 1955 Cadillac, but in the long shots it's a 1956 Cadillac (see 'trivia).
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When Miss Daisy discusses the first time she went to Mobile she commented that it was 1888 and she was 12 years old, earlier and later in the movie there is a picture shown that alludes it is Miss Daisy as a 5th grader and the year is 1896, assuming she would be at least a 5th grader by 12 years old the dates contradict each other.
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Hoke arrives at Miss Daisy's on the day of the ice storm. As Miss Daisy walks across the room, there is a window behind her and it looks like a green leafy tree can been seen outside. It looks like it is a very cold snowy day so unless the tree is a pine or fir, it looks like spring or summer. Also there is no ice or snow on the tree.
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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.
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Hoke drives past the same house with the same truck in front of it twice in in fifteen seconds when going home from the temple.
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When Daisy is telling Hoke about the first time she went to Mobile, the reflection of his arms and hands in the car door don't match the cuts back to him standing next to the car.
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When leaving for Alabama, Daisy gets into a 1955 Cadillac. When the chauffeur backs the car out of the garage, it's a 1956 Cadillac.
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The morning of the ice storm scene brought a power outage to Miss Daisy's house, but an outside view of her porch that morning clearly shows a large light fully ablaze.
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When Hoke arrives to take Miss Daisy to Uncle Walter's birthday party, he pulls up in the Hudson with both windows down. They are leaving for a trip that is obviously overnight, and he does not put his windows up.
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In the scene where Hoke arrives and Miss Daisy has lost it, she asks if he still has that Hudson. He replies that it has been in the junk yard 15 years. This is supposed to be early 70's and he bought that car when she bought a 55 or 56 Cadillac. The car couldn't have been junk within a year or two of him receiving it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Hoke and Miss Daisy are eating lunch while stopped beside the road, just before the policemen approach there is a crew member clearly reflected in the car door.
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Errors in geography 

When they are stopped eating lunch on the way to Mobile, they had just commented on how they just crossed into Alabama. The policemen that question them are Georgia Patrolmen (patch on sleeve).
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Factual errors 

In the very early scene where Miss Daisy is inside starting her car it is a 1949-1953 Chrysler. The car shown backing over the wall from the outside is a 1946-1948 Chrysler.
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When Hoke insists on stopping "to make water" at night, the billboard shown is advertising the '57 Plymouth. The car shown on the billboard is a '55 Plymouth.
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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 ?
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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.
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Miscellaneous 

The art deco style sign on the grocery store was shown as "Piggly Viggly" instead of "Piggly Wiggly". At least that's what was shown in a photograph of the front of the store from the scene.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Hoke gets back into the car after being questioned by the police, there is foliage from two different trees grouped together, visible in the reflection of the window; probably so the audience can see Hoke through the glass. Then in the long shot of the car pulling away, there are no trees or plants close enough to the car to have caused those reflections.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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