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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The opening of the film shows Bobby Rydell singing "That Old Black Magic" at the club where Tony Lipp works. The film later shows the exterior of the club, with a poster on the club's entrance, revealing Sammy Davis, Jr. as the next celebrity to perform at the club. Sammy Davis, Jr. also sang his own rendition to the song "That Old Black Magic". See more »
When the southern police pull over the car and Viggo Mortensen ultimately punches a cop for a racial slur, when Viggo is in the car and talking to the cop his window is open. When he opens the door to get out, the window is closed. See more »
Being genius is not enough, it takes courage to change people's hearts.
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"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 perfect example of Yin & Yang - and black and white has nothing to do with it.
Outstanding true story film showing that color doesn't define us, but how we act ourselves and towards others, does.
Great performances from the entire cast, especially Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali who were perfectly cast and convincing in their roles. It was also great to see comedian Sebastian Maniscalco in this film as well.
Writer, director and producer Peter Farrelly nailed every aspect of this biography.
The score, cinematography, sets and visuals were all on point.
I'm not a fan of slow paced long films, but this was was close to an exception. I feel if the pace was picked up a bit and/or the 130 min run-time edited down to around 110 mins, this would have been a perfect 10 from me.
Excellent drama and comedy perfectly positioned throughout the film.
A well deserved 8/10 from me.
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