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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.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Alfred Uhry (screenplay), Alfred Uhry (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Hoke Colburn
Jessica Tandy ... Daisy Werthan
Dan Aykroyd ... Boolie Werthan
Patti LuPone ... Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
Esther Rolle ... Idella
Jo Ann Havrilla ... Miss McClatchey (as Joann Havrilla)
William Hall Jr. William Hall Jr. ... Oscar
Alvin M. Sugarman Alvin M. Sugarman ... Dr. Weil
Clarice F. Geigerman Clarice F. Geigerman ... Nonie
Muriel Moore Muriel Moore ... Miriam
Sylvia Kaler Sylvia Kaler ... Beulah
Carolyn Gold Carolyn Gold ... Neighbor Lady
Crystal R. Fox ... Katie Bell
Bob Hannah ... Red Mitchell
Ray McKinnon ... Trooper #1
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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 comedy that won a Pulitzer Prize See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

26 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018, this is the last Best Picture Oscar winner with a PG rating. See more »

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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. See more »

Quotes

Boolie Werthan: [Hoke and Boolie are entering the car dealership to trade in the Hudson] She fought me on this one, but it's time for a trade. I'll bet you'll miss the old one.
Hoke Colburn: No, sir, I don't expect I'll miss it that much.
Boolie Werthan: Come on! You're the only one who's been driving it all this time. Won't you be a little sorry to see it go?
Hoke Colburn: It ain't going nowhere. I done bought it.
Boolie Werthan: You didn't!
Hoke Colburn: I sure did! Already made the deal with Mr. Red Mitchell.
Boolie Werthan: How much?
Hoke Colburn: Oh, come on now, Mr. Werthan. That's for him and me to know.
Red Mitchell: [...]
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Referenced in Turnaround (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

SANTA BABY
(1953)
Written by Tony Springer, Philip Springer (as Phil Spring), and Joan Javits
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Driving Miss Daisy - Movie Review
18 March 2016 | by MattBrady099See all my reviews

While Driving Miss Daisy isn't what i call a best picture winner, since there were more deserving movies that came out that year, but the movie shouldn't get hate just for that.

The movie is sweet, charming and heartwarming. This is the kind of film that granny's go to watch and after it's over their something like "That was nice". Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy were excellent in this movie, as both of them had great chemistry and very entertaining conversations between them.

It dose get kind of dull at times and i do wish the films pasting was a bit better, but that's just me. I say it's worth checking out, because there's plenty of things to like and appreciate in this movie.


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