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Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy movie poster
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Produced by Lili Fini Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Alfred Uhry
Starring Morgan Freeman
Jessica Tandy
Dan Aykroyd
Esther Rolle
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Peter James
Editing by Mark Warner
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) December 15, 1989[1]
Running time 99 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $7,500,000
Gross revenue $145,793,296[1]
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Driving Miss Daisy is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973. The original off-Broadway production starred Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman. Ivey's performance garnered her an Obie Award as Best Actress. The play was the first in Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy" dealing with Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. The play was Uhry's most successful, winning him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was performed in London's West End in 1988, with Dame Wendy Hiller as Miss Daisy Werthan. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian film director, writer, and producer. ... Richard Darryl Zanuck (born December 13, 1934) is an American movie producer. ... Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright best known for the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920–November 17, 1998) was an American actress. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning film score composer from Germany. ... Peter James - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Warner Bros. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... USD redirects here. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright best known for the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Dana Ivey (born August 14, 1942) is an American actress. ... Dawsons Creek director, see Morgan J. Freeman. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Wendy Hiller in I Know Where Im Going! (1945) Dame Wendy Hiller (August 15, 1912 – May 14, 2003) was a distinguished English film and stage actress. ...


In 1989, the play was adapted for a Warner Brothers film with Morgan Freeman reprising his role and Miss Daisy played by Jessica Tandy. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, her synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisy's presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective. // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Warner Bros. ... Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ...


The film won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture. It is also, as of 2008, the last PG-rated film to win that title. ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Plot

It is 1948 and Mrs. ("Miss") Daisy Werthan, a 72-year-old widow, lives in Atlanta, Georgia, alone except for an African American housemaid named Idella. After a driving mishap where her Chrysler automobile is totaled, Miss Daisy’s son Boolie tells her she will have to get a chauffeur because no insurance company will insure her. She refuses, but Boolie is determined to find her one. Meanwhile, she is stuck at home and is unable to run errands or visit friends. Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A maidservant or in current usage maid is a female employed in domestic service. ... For other uses, including the Chrysler Brand, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ... A chauffeur in Japan A driver in Kerala A chauffeur is one who drives an automobile as a job. ...


Boolie finds a man named Hoke Colburn, who had driven for a local judge until he died, and he decided to remain in the area rather than accompany the widow when she moved away.


Miss Daisy at first refuses to let Hoke drive her, going so far as to walk to the local Piggly Wiggly. It is revealed that her reluctance to be driven around is because she is embarrassed. People might think she is either too old to drive, or so well off that she can afford a driver. Piggly Wiggly is a supermarket chain in the Southeastern and Midwestern states of the United States. ...


Daisy comes to accept Hoke and the fact that she needs him to drive her around. Miss Daisy finds out that Hoke cannot read, so she teaches him how to read. Over the years Hoke drives Daisy in a succession of vehicles including a Hudson Commodore and a series of Cadillacs. When it became time to trade in the car for a new vehicle, Hoke often purchases the previous car and uses it as his personal vehicle. 1948 Hudson Commodore The Hudson Commodore was an automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1941 and 1952 model year. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ...


Miss Daisy has Hoke drive her to her brother's 90th birthday party in Mobile, Alabama. Hoke reveals, during the trip, that it is the first time that he has left his home state of Georgia. During their trip from Atlanta to Mobile, Daisy realizes in several circumstances that Hoke's race affects how others treat him; her eyes are further opened to the social aspects of racial prejudice. As Daisy and Hoke spend time together, she gains appreciation for Hoke's many skills. Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Mobile Founded 1702 Incorporated 1814 Government  - Mayor Sam Jones Area  - City 412. ...


One day in 1963, while watching television in the kitchen, Idella dies. Miss Daisy is saddened because Idella was very close to her. She and her family attend the funeral, being the only white people in attendance at the funeral.


The racism and prejudice that permeated American society is explored in this movie, especially when Hoke is questioned by a pair of racist highway patrolmen, who also make out-of-earshot comments about Miss Daisy being an "old Jew woman" and Hoke being an "old nigger". After her synagogue is bombed Daisy realizes that she, as a Jew, is subject to may of the same prejudices as Hoke. But in the course of the movie, American society undergoes radical changes, and Miss Daisy soon attends a dinner in which Dr. Martin Luther King gives a speech. She initially invites Boolie to the dinner, but he declines, and suggests that Miss Daisy invite Hoke. Miss Daisy does not mention the invitation to Hoke until he is driving her to the dinner. Her reluctance to invite Hoke underlines the passive racism that often goes unnoticed when compared with more open and aggravated racism. A highway patrol is either a police agency created primarily for the purpose of overseeing and enforcing traffic safety compliance on roads and highways, such as the California Highway Patrol, or a detail within an existing local or regional police agency that is primarily concerned with such duties, such as... “Martin Luther King” redirects here. ...


A few years later, Hoke comes to her house to find her in a confused and agitated state. He calls Boolie and tells him his mother is upset. Before her son arrives Miss Daisy tells Hoke that he's her best friend and holds his hand. Her son arranges for her to enter a retirement home.


Two years later, in 1973, the family home is sold, and Hoke has given up driving. Hoke is now 85 and Miss Daisy is 97. Boolie and Hoke meet at Miss Daisy's house one final time before the new owner takes possession, and they drive over to the retirement home to visit Miss Daisy. The movie ends with Hoke feeding Miss Daisy a piece of pie.


Awards

In 1989, Driving Miss Daisy was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning in the Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. The film is the only movie based on an off-broadway production to ever win an Academy Award for Best Picture.[2] Then eighty-year old Jessica Tandy's winning of the Best Actress award was also a history making event, as she was the oldest person to ever win the award.[2] Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


It also won three Golden Globe awards, for Best Picture, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), and Best Actress (Jessica Tandy) in the Comedy/Musical genre. At the 1989 Writers Guild of America Awards, the movie again won an award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Rounding out its US 1989 awards, the film won Best Picture and Best Actor from the National Board of Review. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ...


In the United Kingdom, the movie was nominated for four British Academy Film Awards in 1990, with Jessica Tandy winning in the Best Actress category. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


Media

Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by Hans Zimmer, who won a BMI Film Music Award and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television for his work. The score was performed entirely by Zimmer, done electronically using samplers and synthesizers, and did not feature a single live instrument. The soundtrack was issued on Varese Sarabande. Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning film score composer from Germany. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Varèse Sarabande is a record label, which specialises in soundtrack record releases, and reissues of hard-to-find (sometimes long- or previously-unavailable) albums, and singles collections. ...


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References

  1. ^ a b Driving Miss Daisy. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2003-09-02). "Academy's Diamond Anniversary Screening Series to Feature "Driving Miss Daisy"". Press release. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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Driving Miss Daisy Movie Review at Hollywood Video (654 words)
When Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) put her brand-new 1948 Chrysler in reverse and roared out of the garage and into her neighbors' hedges, probably the last thing she expected to come from the disaster was a decades-long friendship.
When her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), forbids her to drive and hires a chauffeur, Hoke (Morgan Freeman), Daisy is appalled and refuses to be driven by him.
"Miss Daisy's Journey: From Stage to Screen" is a lengthier piece about the film's origins as a play (by Alfred Uhry, who also wrote the screenplay) with a five-week run in a 74-seat theatre, which turned into a three-year run in a 299-seat theatre, and, ultimately, an Oscar-winning film.
Stage Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy 'is a safe, smooth ride (746 words)
And yet there is plenty of opportunity in "Miss Daisy" for a fulsome tone or sentimental indulgence to mar the delicate texture.
Prinz plays the wiry, acerbic Daisy Werthan, a well-to-do Jewish widow who is 72 when we meet her in 1948 Atlanta and nearly 100 when we say good-bye, 25 years later.
Daisy's resistance slowly mellows, and the unfolding of the two characters is the substance of the play.
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