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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | | Drama | 26 January 1990 (USA)
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

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An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,745 (USA) (17 December 1989)

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$106,593,296 (USA)
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Trivia

While Daisy and Hoke are driving to Boolie and Florine's house for a Christmas party, Daisy says of Florine, "I hope she doesn't take in into her head to sing tonight." Patti LuPone, who played Florine, is a multiple Tony- and Grammy- Award-winning Broadway musical star. See more »

Goofs

Just before Miss Daisy's first ride with Hoke, she walks down her street past a house that has multiple skylights, a type and style which didn't exist until 30 years later. See more »

Quotes

Boolie Werthan: What I need is for somebody to drive my mother around
Hoke Colburn: Well, if you don' mind my askin', sir, how come she's not hirin' for herself?
Boolie Werthan: See, it's kind of a delicate situation.
Hoke Colburn: Oh, yessir, yessir... done gone around the bend a little bit. Well, now, that'll happen as they get old...
Boolie Werthan: Oh, no, she's all there. Too-much-there is the problem!
[Hoke laughs]
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KISS OF FIRE
(1952)
Written by Lester Allen and Robert Hill
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Only those with dull minds would find this boring.
7 December 1998 | by (Boise, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

Only those with dull minds would find this boring. A truly perfect movie, in my opinion. I never saw the stage production, but I can't believe it could have been better. I believe the movie was perfectly cast, as well, even though I adore Dana Ivey, who originated the role of Daisy Werthan. By the way, I can see a day far in the future when Morgan Freeman will win an Oscar for a small supporting role in an otherwise forgettable movie. That Oscar will be the reward for movies like this one.


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