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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. Don 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 with 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 heart 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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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:

$63,005,401, 14 February 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,526,091, 17 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Farrelly says Viggo Mortensen, a perfectionist, insisted on doing the milk-chugging scene three times because he wasn't happy with the way he had been holding the bottle. See more »

Goofs

When highway dotted lines are visible, they are yellow (as they are now), but in the 1960s, the dotted line in the middle of the road would have been white, with only the solid "do not pass" lines being yellow. See more »

Quotes

Tony Lip: I dunno. Personally I think if you stuck to the classic stuff it would've been a big mistake.
Dr. Don Shirley: A mistake? Performing the music I trained my entire life to play?
Tony Lip: Trained? What are you, a seal? People love what you do! Anyone can sound like Beethoven or Joe Pan or them other guys you said. But your music, what you do? Only you can do that!
Dr. Don Shirley: Thank you, Tony. But not everyone can play Chopin. Not like I can.
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Crazy Credits

"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 »


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Blue Skies
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Kris Bowers
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Critic-proof festival hit should be big holiday winner
22 September 2018 | by Art SnobSee all my reviews

Some of my movie friends were stunned when I mentioned in a thread that this was my "People's Choice Award" vote for TIFF 2018 (it won, btw). I generally go for weightier fare, so my being won over by a PG-13 road film with the familiar "they-couldn't-have-been-more-different" premise directed by the auteur co-responsible for such recent classics as "Dumb and Dumber To" and "The Three Stooges" elicited a virtual double-take.

But I couldn't help it ... it really WAS the best film I saw (out of 17), and far and away the most entertaining. I think this is largely because it's based on a real-life story about the beginning of a lifelong friendship - a story that has writing participation by the son of one of the real-life characters. There's definitely an air of authenticity to the events as they unfold that could never occur with a purely contrived plot. Consider: A college-educated concert pianist of Jamaican descent hires a temporarily-unemployed Italian-American nightclub bouncer who's streetwise but academically dim to drive him to venues in the Deep South back in 1962. That's not a setup that a Hollywood script written from scratch would ever have come up with.

The two lead actors really click. Mahershala Ali makes a nice Oscar follow-up playing the aloof pianist passenger to Viggo Mortensen's "b.s. artist" driver. Ali is certain to get another nomination; Mortensen's performance may be a little too broad to garner one, but he delivers exactly what's called for. And he makes a believable Italian-American, which is impressive considering that he's Danish.

I'm allergic to preaching and heavy-handedness in movies no matter what the message, and with the exception of one borderline scene, I'd say that the movie nicely sidesteps these proclivities that surface so often in socially-conscious films.

The music and FX are excellent. When an actor plays a piano player, there's always the challenge of making the playing look believable. It doesn't get any better than it gets here - Ali's piano playing is every bit as convincing as Margot Robbie's ice skating in I, TONYA. You never see a disconnect between hands and body as he's filmed against a variety of backgrounds. And if I could bet on an Oscar win right now, it would be Kris Bowers for Best Original Score. (He also supplies Ali's hands, which should clinch it.)

Top everything off with a Capra-esque Christmas Eve finale and a closing line that sends everyone home smiling, and it all adds up to a monster hit. Its commercial payoff could be huge - the movie practically begs for a TV series spinoff, and the real-life characters remained friends until they both died in 2013.

So congratulations to Peter Farrelly on his graduation from co-directing lowbrow fare to solo-directing middlebrow (i.e. mass-appeal) fare. You can't deny the talent and craftsmanship it takes to make a mainstream movie that works as well as this one does.


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