Driving Miss Daisy

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the twenty-five year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron Jessica Tandy and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur Hoke Morgan Freeman. Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes which sweep the ...
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the twenty-five year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron Jessica Tandy and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur Hoke Morgan Freeman. Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes which sweep the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's "people" are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they've been friends and kindred spirits all along. The supporting cast includes Esther Rolle as Miss Daisy's housekeeper and Dan Aykroyd as Miss Daisy's son Boolie reportedly, playwright Uhry based the character upon himself. Driving Miss Daisy won Academy Awards for best picture, best actress Jessica Tandy, best screenplay Uhry and best makeup Manlio Rachetti.
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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Driving Miss Daisy succeeds because of great performances from Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman and because of Alfred Uhry's excellent script, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play. The film scores high marks for its cultural details of life in the Southern United States, and the changes that take place over the story's 25 years. The film's major themes touch on universal issues -- growing older, overcoming racial prejudice, and the importance of friendship. While the film won four Oscars, including Best Picture, director Bruce Beresford was shut out of the nominations list. His career went into a severe decline for the next decade, until he delivered a surprise hit in 1999 with Double Jeopardy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1992
  • UPC: 085391193135
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Hoke Colburn
Jessica Tandy Miss Daisy Werthan
Dan Aykroyd Boolie Werthan
Patti LuPone Florine Werthan
Esther Rolle Idella
William Hall Jr. Oscar
Joann Havrilla Miss McClatchey
Alvin M. Sugarman Dr. Weil
Clarice F. Geigerman Nonie
Muriel Moore Miriam
Sylvia Kaler Beulah
Carolyn Gold Neighbor Lady
Crystal R. Fox Katie Bell
Bob Hannah Red Mitchell
Ray McKinnon Trooper
Ashley Josey Trooper
Jack Rousso Slick
Fred Faser Insurance Agent
Indra A. Thomas Soloist
Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Dan Aykroyd Producer
David Brown Executive Producer
Jake Eberts Producer
Victor Kempster Art Director
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter James Cinematographer
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Bob Shelley Special Effects
Alfred Uhry Screenwriter
Mark Warner Editor
Lili Fini Zanuck Co-producer
Richard D. Zanuck Co-producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd!!! Excellent movie!!

    Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd!!! Excellent movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    I loved this movie. Freeman, Tandy and Ackroyd were fantastic. The racial stuff from the time period does not bother me as it is part of history which we cannot deny. Morgan Freeman's character was conveyed with much dignity.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Classic!

    This is one of the best movies of all-time. The acting was great and the love the two characters had for each other gives you that feel good feeling after seeing a really great movie. Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman were both great. All the actors were great and really brought the movie together. I can watch it over and over again... that's when you know it's a classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aging Gracefully

    Morgan Freeman is at his best in this highly emotional tear-jerker,yes, even for men. It is about the politics of the personal as Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman grow as friends and in age and learn about themselves that they could not have learned without each other.

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