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Driving Miss Daisy

Release Date: December 12th, 1989

DVD Release Date: April 30th, 1997

PG |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Crystal R. Fox, Joann Havrilla, William Hall Jr.

Director: Bruce Beresford

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: 1950s, Heartwarming, Charming, 1970s, 1940s, Car, Son, Friendship, 1960s, Endearing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Driving Miss Daisy, about the deepening relationship between a Jewish matron in Atlanta and her black chauffeur, is a luminous joy of a film, heartbreakingly delicate, effortlessly able through indirection to invoke the civil rights era without ever once slipping into portentous pronouncements. [12 Jan. 1990, p.35]

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The fitful development of the script aside, the movie is dominated entirely by Freeman and Tandy, who manage to retain individual star-quality while acknowledging the other's presence. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Beresford is able to move us, one small step at a time, into the hearts of his characters. He never steps wrong on his way to a luminous final scene in which we are invited to regard one of the most privileged mysteries of life, the moment when two people allow each other to see inside. show more

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