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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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Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
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Miss McClatchey
William Hall Jr. ...
Alvin M. Sugarman ...
Dr. Weil
Clarice F. Geigerman ...
Nonie
Muriel Moore ...
Miriam
Sylvia Kaler ...
Beulah
Carolyn Gold ...
Neighbor Lady
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Katie Bell
Bob Hannah ...
Red Mitchell
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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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The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship. See more »

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26 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$106,593,296 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three black men are seen crossing railroad tracks in Atlanta. All three of these men are descendants of the real person (Will Coleman) that the "Hoke" character was based upon. See more »

Goofs

When dropped off at the Christmas party: The car stops between the window and the door of the house; but in the close-up shot of Miss Daisy in the car, they're right in front of the window. See more »

Quotes

Boolie Werthan: Hoke, I want you to understand something. Now, you'd be working for me. She
[referring to Daisy]
Boolie Werthan: can say anything she likes, but she can't fire you. You understand?
Hoke Colburn: Yes, sir. Yes, sir, I sure do. And, don't you worry about a thing, Mr. Werthan! I'm gonna hold on no matter how she run me. You see, I used to rassle hogs down yonder in Macon, and, let me tell you, ain't no hog got away from me yet!
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Referenced in Good Luck Charlie: Driving Mrs. Dabney (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

SANTA BABY
(1953)
Written by Tony Springer, Philip Springer (as Phil Spring), and Joan Javits
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of RCA Records
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'Hoke" Provides A Great Role Model
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man, did I change my mind about this film, maybe more than any film I've ever watched. The first time I saw it I did not like it and thought it was very overrated. Why I gave more looks, I don't really remember but it went to "fair" the next time and "excellent" by the third. I think the main reason is that I shifted my focus off the irritable old woman (Jessica Tandy) to the long-suffering servant (Morgan Freeman).

Once I looked at this story through "Hoke's" eyes, it became an inspiring story. Freeman's character, "Hoke Colburn," simply provides the best the example of a what true servant of God should act like, plain-and-simple. It's one of the best examples on film I've seen of of patience, kindness, dedication and dignity in a difficult situation. It's also always inspiring to see a nice, good person overturn and win over the opposite with sheer kindness.

Another factor that has raised my rating of this film is the latest "newly-restored widescreen edition," which finally presents this movie as it should be, with all its beautiful cinematography. The sets in here are great, a terrific look at the 1950s through storefronts, billboards, automobiles, etc.

One thing this film taught me: "Hoke's" attitude isn't the only important aspect of this story. It's how we, as viewers, look at things, too, that makes a difference.


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