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Three black men are seen crossing railroad tracks in Atlanta. All three of these men are descendants of the real person (Will Coleman) that the "Hoke" character was based upon.
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Jessica Tandy won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Daisy Werthan. At age 81, she is the oldest winner of a Best Actress Oscar.
So convinced was she that she would lose out, Jessica Tandy had a $100 bet with her agent that she wouldn't win the Oscar for Best Actress. When she paid up on Oscar night, she told him that it was the best bet she had ever lost.
Last Best Picture Oscar winner with a PG rating.
One of only 4 films to win an Academy Award for Best Picture without also being nominated for Best Director. The others are Wings (1927), Grand Hotel (1932) and Argo (2012).
Miss Daisy's Georgian home, a 6,140-square-foot estate at 822 Lullwater Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30307, went on the market for $1.99 million in 2013. With an expanded third floor, the home now contains 6 total bedrooms and 5.5 baths.
Author Alfred Uhry based the story of Daisy and Hoke on his own grandmother Lena Fox and her chauffeur Will Coleman.
The film is the only adaptation of an off-Broadway production ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The play "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1988.
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.
The Hans Zimmer score was done completely with synthesizers, all of which he played. No orchestras were used.
While being interviewed in the 2008 PBS Mini-Series The Jewish Americans (2008), Alfred Uhry, who wrote the film's screen play and grew up as a Jewish child in Atlanta during the 40's and 50's, admitted that many Jews in Atlanta celebrated Christmas like Boolie and his wife in attempt to be a part of a community where Jews were a minority.
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Alfred Uhry's 1987 play "Driving Miss Daisy," on which this movie is based, is the first of his "Atlanta Trilogy" of plays about Jews in Atlanta, Georgia. The other two plays are "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (1996), a play about a family preparing for the Atlanta Jewish society cotillion, and "Parade" (1998), a musical about the false conviction and 1915 lynching of Atlanta factory manager Leo Frank.
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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.
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The aria heard in the azalea blossoms/time passes scene when Daisy is listening to the radio is "Song To The Moon" from Antonín Dvorák's "Rusalka".
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Second of only two Academy Award Best Picture winners to have been adapted for the screen from plays having won the Pulitzer Prize.
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The role of Florine, played by Patti LuPone, is not in the original play "Driving Miss Daisy". It was written in by playwright and screenwriter Alfred Uhry specifically for LuPone, who, Uhry felt, looked good in a costume.
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In the scenes involving the black 4 door Cadillac sedan, the director uses both a 1955 and a 1956 Cadillac. The cars' exteriors are identical except for the rear exhaust fender flare on the '56. The rear fender on the '55 is flat.
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While Daisy and Hoke are driving to Boolie and Florine's house for a Christmas party, Daisy says of Florine, "I hope she doesn't take in into her head to sing tonight." Patti LuPone, who played Florine, is a multiple Tony- and Grammy- Award-winning Broadway musical star.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Towards the end of the movie, viewers see that Boolie Werthan has put his mother's house for sale. The house is listed by Harry Norman Realtors, which is an actual real estate company in Atlanta, Georgia. It was started in the 1930s and is still in business (2009) and operated by a descendant of Mrs. Harry Norman, the woman who founded the company.
Before Idella dies, she and Hoke are watching The Edge of Night (1956). During the period in which the movie is set, CBS aired "Edge" live at 4pm every day.

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