Driving Miss Daisy

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Studio Warner
SKU 212929270
UPC 883929105359
UPC 14 00883929105359
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Bucolic
Character Study
Friends
Heartwarming
Race Relations
Recommended
Self-Discovery
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Bruce Beresford's affinity for the subtleties of southern life is apparent in this adaptation of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Starring Jessica Tandy as Daisy Werthan and Morgan Freeman as Hoke Colburn, the film opens in late-1940s Atlanta. Since Miss Daisy is becoming a menace behind the wheel, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), ignores her protests and hires Hoke, a black chauffeur. When the feisty matron decides to resist necessity and walk to the store, the equally stubborn chauffeur follows her in her car. As he says to Boolie, "I used to rassle hogs down to the ground...ain't nary a hog got away from me yet." But Hoke's methods are gentleness and patience, and as the years elapse in his ongoing tug-of-war with the temperamental Daisy, she begins to tacitly acknowledge his wisdom. When she expresses annoyance over the demands of the nascent civil rights movement, Hoke points out to the Jewish woman the similarity between the attack on her synagogue and Klan attacks on black churches. But it is only after many years together that they can finally admit to the depth of the friendship they have shared. The two stars give unforgettable performances, and Beresford's direction is a model of restraint.
Plot Summary
Summary Adapted from Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, DRIVING MISS DAISY tells the tale of the reluctant friendship between Daisy Werthan, a willful, wealthy Southern woman, and Hoke Colburn, her stoic black chauffeur.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Did you have the air-conditioning checked? I told you to have the air-conditioning checked."--Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) to Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman)|"I had the air-conditioning checked. I don't know what for. You never allow me to turn it on."--Hoke|"Hush up!"--Daisy
Quote "Hoke?"--Daisy|"Yes'm."--Hoke|"You're my best friend."--Dasiy|"No... go on, Miss Daisy."--Hoke|"No, really, you are... You are."--Daisy|"Yes'm."--Hoke
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Funny and touching..." 01/11/1990 p.30
New York Times "...Small and pure and healthily skeptical....[Tandy] has never had a role of a richness and humor to match Miss Daisy, and she brings to it her mastery..." 12/13/1989 p.C19
Los Angeles Times "...Freeman and Tandy have their own performer's pride, and that transfers to their characters....The disciplined yet intuitive way in which these actors connect is a model of ensemble performance..." 01/12/1990 p.F1
Directors
Bruce Beresford
Actors
Jessica Tandy
Morgan Freeman
Cast & Crew
Dan Aykroyd - Star
Esther Rolle - Star
Patti LuPone - Star
Jessica Tandy - Star
Morgan Freeman - Star
David Brown - Executive Producer
Alfred Uhry - Screenwriter
Bruce Beresford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
UPC 00883929105359
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Jessica Tandy
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1989
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Alfred Uhry
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1989
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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