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Green Book (2018)

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A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

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Peter Farrelly

Writers:

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie (as Brian Currie) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Tony Lip
Mahershala Ali ... Dr. Donald Shirley
Linda Cardellini ... Dolores
Sebastian Maniscalco ... Johnny Venere
Dimiter D. Marinov ... Oleg
Mike Hatton ... George
P.J. Byrne ... Record Exec
Joe Cortese ... Gio Loscudo
Maggie Nixon ... Copa Coat Check Girl
Von Lewis ... Bobby Rydell
Jon Sortland Jon Sortland ... Rydell Band Leader
Don Stark ... Jules Podell
Anthony Mangano ... Copa Bouncer Danny
Paul Sloan ... Copa Maître D' Carmine
Quinn Duffy ... Mikey Cerrone
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Storyline

In 1962, Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Inspired by a True Friendship


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian | German

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Book See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,429, 18 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,080,171, 2 May 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$319,737,361, 2 May 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Asked about his go-to meal to gain weight, Viggo Mortensen said, "It was Italian food. It was a lot of pizza, a lot of pasta. But it was mainly never saying no to a second or a third helping. Never not trying ALL the desserts. And preferably eating the biggest meal - with a full complement of desserts and appetizers - just before lying down to go to sleep." See more »

Goofs

Tony criticizes Don for not being familiar with several black musicians whose music they hear on the radio while traveling, one of the artists being Aretha Franklin. The original poster doubted that Tony would know Aretha Franklin because by the fall of 1962 Aretha had had only six chart hits, none of which reached higher than #37. However, although we think of Aretha today as a soul singer, in the early 1960s she was signed with Columbia Records. Her label failed to recognize her gospel roots and didn't know how to market her. Her early songs were pop/jazz and not the soul music she's remembered for today. Even though her early songs weren't big hits on the Billboard Hot 100, her songs were in the Top 10 on the Rhythm and Blues charts. Given Tony's love for black music, it is not implausible that he would have have been familiar with her. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Don Shirley: Yes, I live in a castle, Tony! Alone. And rich white people pay me to play piano for them because it makes them feel cultured. But as soon as I step off that stage, I go right back to being just another nigger to them. Because that is their true culture. And I suffer that slight alone, because I'm not accepted by my own people 'cause I'm not like them, either. So, if I'm not black enough and if I'm not white enough and if I'm not man enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?
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Crazy Credits

Real-life photos of Dr. Donald Shirley and Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, and a few insights into their life after the events in the movie, are shown before the credits roll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Song
Written by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Simply wonderful in its portrayal of humanity
26 December 2018 | by ColoDrzSee all my reviews

Green Book is a wonderful story of overcoming self-condemnation, and the resulting freedom it provides. As the film begins, Tony is locked in a prison of judgment and rejection, not from any conscious effort on his own but rather his circumstances and environment. As the self-assured and self-aware character of Dr. Shirley is introduced into Tony's life, Tony embarks on a journey of self-discovery in which he is forced to confront his own preconceived notions which ultimately stem from his skewed view of himself. As Dr. Shirley helps Tony to see himself as a man beyond his own limiting thoughts, Tony is finally able to step into his true nature as friend to Dr. Shirley. Everywhere in this film we are reminded that people are complicated, but beyond these complications we are also reminded that everyone is the same, just looking for love and acceptance. The scene where Dolores reads Tony's letter to her cousins is spectacular in this regard. It's interesting that none of the other reviews mention the YMCA scene and aftermath, which for me was the pinnacle moment that the power shifted for these two characters confronting their own strengths and weaknesses. This film is simply wonderful in its portrayal of humanity, and the people we need in our lives. While it comes to light that Tony's wife Dolores is completely aware of her husband's imperfections and shortcomings, she loves him just the same. But it is confrontation, not love, that is necessary to bring about Tony's redemption, demonstrating that the people who spur us to deep, personal growth are never who or what we expect.


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