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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | | Drama | 26 January 1990 (USA)
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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Cast

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Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
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Miss McClatchey
William Hall Jr. ...
Alvin M. Sugarman ...
Dr. Weil
Clarice F. Geigerman ...
Nonie
Muriel Moore ...
Miriam
Sylvia Kaler ...
Beulah
Carolyn Gold ...
Neighbor Lady
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Katie Bell
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Red Mitchell
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Storyline

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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The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship. See more »

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26 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,745, 17 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,593,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,793,296, 31 December 2004
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Werthan: You should have let me keep my old LaSalle. It never would've behaved this way and you know it.
Boolie Werthan: Mama, cars don't behave. They are behaved upon. Fact is, you demolished that Chrysler all by yourself.
Daisy Werthan: Say what you want, I know the truth.
Boolie Werthan: The truth is, you just cost the insurance company $2,700. You're a terrible risk. Nobody's gonna want to issue you a policy after this.
Daisy Werthan: You're just saying that to be hateful!
Boolie Werthan: OK. I am. I'm makin' it all up. Look out there in the driveway! Every insurance company ...
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KISS OF FIRE
(1952)
Written by Lester Allen and Robert Hill
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Unlikely best friends enter old age together
23 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy (in Oscar Winning performance) invoke grace and dignity in this sensitive treatment of race relations and old age. Freeman stars as a gentle, wise black chauffeur in the service of a spunky Jewish widow, played by Tandy. As the years pass, their relationship evolves into a remarkable friendship despite their different backgrounds.

The film is skillfully adapted from the award-winning play, unfolding against the backdrop of civil rights changes in the South. Somewhat simplistic to be considered a strong statement about race relations, the Best Picture/Best Screenpaly Oscar Winner makes a heartwarming effort to give witness to dignified aging.

Freeman was never better, and the chemistry between the two leads is simply beautiful to watch. This is a very special cinema experience.


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