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 (email@example.com)
Tony Lip's children were younger than portrayed in the film. Older child actors were cast in order to be eligible for more hours on-set per day. See more »
The movie is set in late 1962, but several 1964 cars feature in various scenes.
The opening in front of the Copa already has two '64 Chevrolets passing the club, while a '64 Ford Fairlane is across the street where Tony parks up his Packard when he returns home after learning the club would be closed for renovations.
'64 Ford Fairlanes are also seen in some of the street traffic in various scenes, while the final time Tony is pulled over by a police cruiser has the office in a '64 Chevrolet. See more »
This picture should be up for BEST PICTURE. It has everything: great acting, solid script-writing (something that Hollywood really needs), and lots of humor. I wish that Hollywood would make more pictures like this.
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