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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The Italian-language scenes in the script simply read, "They speak Italian." Viggo Mortensen queried Peter Farrelly about it, and Farrelly encouraged him to construct the Italian dialogue himself. Drawing on Viggo's own experiences from overhearing Italian in Buenos Aires, the result is a combination of Calabrian and the "cobbled together" Italian that forms in diaspora communities where people of different regions converge. He also made an effort to make the language old-fashioned, as the slang and vocabulary the family spoke would have dated from the time of the Vallelonga and Venere fathers' immigration. Viggo experienced this himself after spending his childhood in Argentina and returning as an adult to find all his slang was out of date. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the early 60s. In one scene, Tony and Don eat extra crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken which wasn't introduced until 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tony Lip: [Surveying the snow] This could get bad, Doc.
Dr. Don Shirley: Yes. It's a shame we don't have something to protect us on our journey. Oh, I know. Why don't you put your lucky rock up on the dash, Tony? Come on, Tony, we need all the help we can get.
[Tony puts the stone on the dash]
Dr. Don Shirley: Thank you. I feel safer already.
Tony Lip: You're a real prick, you know that?
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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 »


Soundtracks

You Took Advantage of Me
Written by Ronald Blackwell
Performed by The Blackwells
Courtesy of Jamie / Guyden Dist. Co.
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Respect demands respect
15 January 2019 | by MarteParteSee all my reviews

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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