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Driving Miss Daisy ()


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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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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 24 nominations.
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Hoke Colburn
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Daisy Werthan
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Boolie Werthan
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Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
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Idella
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Miss McClatchey (as Joann Havrilla)
William Hall Jr. ...
Oscar
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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Trooper #1
Ashley Josey ...
Trooper #2
Jack Rousso ...
Slick
Fred Faser ...
Insurance Agent
Indra A. Thomas ...
Soloist
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Dean DuBois ...
Commerce Club Member (uncredited)
Jay Freer ...
Extra at MLK Speech (uncredited)
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Biltmore Hotel Dinner Guest (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Girl at Temple (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bruce Beresford

Written by

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Alfred Uhry ... (screenplay)
 
Alfred Uhry ... (play)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Hans Zimmer ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Peter James ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mark Warner

Editorial Department

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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

Production Design by

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Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by

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Victor Kempster

Set Decoration by

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Crispian Sallis

Costume Design by

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Elizabeth McBride

Makeup Department

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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

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Robert Doudell ... unit production manager
Russell Paris ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Martha M. Elcan ... second assistant director (as Martha Elcan)
Katterli Frauenfelder ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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) / 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

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Sandina Bailo-Lape ... foley editor
Tom Bellfort ... adr editor
Gloria S. Borders ... supervising sound editor
Gloria Cooper ... cableperson / 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: JDH Sound (as Matthew Iadarola C.A.S.)
Ronald Jacobs ... dialogue editor
Michael Minkler ... Re-recording Mixer: JDH Sound
Matt Patterson ... recordist: JDH Sound (as Matthew Patterson)
Andy Rovins ... boom operator
David Slusser ... foley recordist
Kim Cascone ... assistant foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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B.J. Shelley ... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Tim Donahue ... visual effects art director: Introvision (uncredited)
Richard Kilroy ... matte painter: Introvision (uncredited) / model builder (uncredited)
John P. Mesa ... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
William Mesa ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rick Rische ... matte painter: Introvision (uncredited)

Stunts

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Danny Mabry ... stunt double
Mags Kavanaugh ... stunt double (uncredited)
Gene Witham ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
David Reeder ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Elyn Wright ... casting: Atlanta (as Elyn S. Wright)
Diane Alexander ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kris Kearney ... costumer (as Kristine Kearney)
Susan Mickey ... costumer (as Susan E. Mickey)
Marsha Perloff ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Robert Ballentine ... assistant location manager
Andrew M. Comins ... location manager

Music Department

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Barry Levine ... music supervisor
Laura Perlman ... music editor
Jay Rifkin ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Cindy Parker ... transportation captain
J.L. Parker ... transportation coordinator
Ronald F. Debranski II ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Royce D. Applegate ... additional voice (as Royce Applegate)
Bowen Astrop ... production assistant
Ronni Chasen ... public relations
June Christopher ... additional voice
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)
Tim Haslam ... Majestic Films sales executive (uncredited)
Grace Markley-Reiter ... production assistant (uncredited)
Philip Wilson ... police coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Irving Vendig ... our gratitude to: creator-writer, "The Edge of Night"
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The comedy that won a Pulitzer Prize See more »
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Also Known As
  • Miss Daisy et son chauffeur (France)
  • Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur (Germany)
  • Paseando a Miss Daisy (Spain)
  • Tot passejant Miss Daisy (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Sõidutades miss Daisyt (Estonia)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $73,745, 17 Dec 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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. She was the oldest winner for a competitive Oscar until 2012 when Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (2010) at age 82. He is still the oldest acting winner and nominee (having been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for All the Money in the World (2017) at age 88). He was later usurped by James Ivory who won Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me by Your Name (2017) at age 87. See more »
Goofs 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. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in She-Devil/Driving Miss Daisy/War of the Roses/Glory/Enemies: A Love Story (1989). See more »
Soundtracks AFTER THE BALL See more »
Quotes Daisy Werthan: Hoke?
Hoke Colburn: Yes'm.
Daisy Werthan: You're my best friend.
Hoke Colburn: No, go on Miss Daisy.
Daisy Werthan: No, really, you are...
[Takes Hoke's hand]
Daisy Werthan: You are.
Hoke Colburn: Yes'm.
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