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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
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Viggo Mortensen was Peter Farrelly's first choice for the role of Tony Lip. The director sent him the script without really believing, the actor being rare in the cinema. The latter was seduced immediately by the role and the project and accepted after a few weeks of hesitation, afraid of not being up to it. He then left Spain where he lives to go to New York where he met the Vallelonga family. He also listened to and watched Tony's recordings made by his son, toured the Bronx and New Jersey, and even watched the entire Sopranos series. See more »
I find the issue of Tony's gun a puzzle. It was a surprise that he had a gun towards the end of the film when he used it to scare potential muggers away and it makes a funny scene but the fact that he had a gun would surely have been investigated in the hiring stage at the start as he was responsible for Don's safety and it surely would have been discovered during their arrest and incarceration in the cells. If it had been hidden in the car , why would it have remained a secret from Don over the weeks on the road and why would we the audience be unaware of it and indeed would the car have not have been searched as well? See more »
"Larry the Crow" gets a mention. This was an actual crow that Viggo Mortensen found injured near the set, and tried in vain to nurse back to health. He was no doubt named for Viggo's favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence in Spanish). The team nickname is "The Crows". See more »
A very inspiring film. I walked out of the cinema feeling like there is good even in the unlikeliest of people.
The dialogue was well written, and the main characters were equally as loveable. Viggo Mortensens acting was only overshadowed by that of Mahershala Ali, whose portrayal of an educated african-american man living in 1960's america was both heartwrenching and absolutely hilarious.
While Mortensen stood for most of the comic relief, I found myself laughing the hardest from Ali's deadpan deliveries through the character of Dr. Shirley.
The story of a black man who struggles to gain the respect of his fellow african-americans, while simultaneously resisting and pulling at the roots of the racism and oppression which keeps him from being as successful as the americans and europeans who should be his equals by all measures musical and educational.
While the story and plot left little to be desired. I felt one or two jokes were shoe-horned in and would have been better discarded.
The visual tone was fitting to the film, but the camerawork was nothing out of the ordinary. Not all films call for out-of-this-world originality in all marks however. And this film allows the audience to focus on what is really important.
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