Driving Miss Daisy

7.31 h 38 min1990X-RayPG
HD. Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy star in this 1989 Best Picture Oscar(R) winner about a spunky Southern lady and her faithful chauffeur.
Bruce Beresford
Morgan FreemanJessica TandyDan Aykroyd
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Patti LuPoneEsther Rolle
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see!
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Fun fact before my review:

Jessica Tandy won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Daisy Werthan in this film. At age 81, she is the oldest winner of a Best Actress Oscar

This movie, for a lack of better words, was endearing.

Driving Miss Daisy is the story about two characters by the name of Daisy (a Jewish individual) and Hoke (Morgan Freeman, a POC) and is set in the period of the 1940s and the 1970s.

First of all, the themes in this movie are still relevant even now; the main one being prejudice that comes to mind. Because both of these characters have presumingly shared their own experiences with stereotyping and discrimination, the initial reaction they have to one another is fairly expected. In addition to that, the bond that grows between them is to be expected by the audience, and eliminates the need for the director to spend extra amount of times "explaining" their relationship and justifying the ways in which these characters interact with another. Because of this, the audience can simply "take it all in" without being put in to some kind of tailspin or bout of confusion. When it comes down to it that is simply ingenious.

On that note, this film is based off a play; this is almost obvious because the dialogue is always spot on and to-the-point. There isn't a single word, breath, or even gesture that is wasted or simply fodder that the audience is expected to use to "hold on".
Brief example - while watching this movie I had it in my mind that I really wanted to know how much time was passing throughout the movie (so, as to have an idea of how long these characters have had to knos one another) and for a very BRIEF second I thought that was going to be a point I brought up in writing this as a critism. The amount of time that has elapsed by the time this film ends is literally announced however in a way that is blunt -and more importantly- completely natural. Like I said before - GENIUS.

I conclude this by simply stating that this is considered a classic for a reason (or 2.....or 3....). We should all experience it at least once in our lives :)
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Uncle BucknakedReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific movie. The performances of Morgan Freeman
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Terrific movie. The performances of Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd are solid. Freeman deserved the Oscar for Best Actor but sadly missed out. The pace of the movie allows for the development of characters, but there's never a boring moment. Due to the story's time period, its natural that the film addresses the issue of racism, however it does it without being preachy. In our current climate of divisiveness, this film helps to heal the divide. The film has many enjoyable moments and a few poignant ones. Picture quality was excellent with Blu-ray format, but less finicky individuals could get by with DVD format. I highly recommend this item and recommend it in Blu-ray format for the best experience.
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P.U. from SpokaneReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect Cast. Perfect Story!
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I cry at the end every single time I watch it. Jessica Tandy is pitch perfect as "Miss Daisy," and Dan Aykroyd is the classic Southern son. The real shocker is that Morgan Freeman looks older in this than he is in real life now - in 2016.

It's a wonderful depiction of racial struggles in the South - an elderly woman who is set in her ways and suspicious of her new chauffeur; a good son who is afraid to change; and a man whose honesty and patience surprises Miss Daisy and eases her toward equality.
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Agnes LemleyReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the all=time great movie classics!
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One of the all-time great movies. It is funny, it is oh so human, and it touches your heart. This movie explores the pervasive prejudice that was the state of racial relations in the south during the 50's and 60's, but it does it with humor and tenderness that develops between Miss Daisy and the black man hired to drive her about when she cannot safely operate her own car. Near the end of the movie the now senile Miss Daisy says to Holt, her driver, "You are my best friend." And so he was to the very end. If you have not seen it before, you need to. If you did see it 25 years ago, watch it again. It is worth your time.
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dee hartReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have not seen this movie in 25 plus years. I can not explain the happy and sad feelings I have. I waited to watch alone. Yes I laughed and cried. Very touching arnd caring movie. Acts of kindness and unkind!!! The color of your skin does not matter, it is actions that make you who you are. Wish this and many good movies were free for all. 1st time this Sr citizen has paid to watch a movie in years. Maybe I will treat myself to 1 a month. Enjoy.
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Brittng03Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my New Favorite Classics!
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I purchased this movie on Prime Video for a very affordable price and had a great viewing experience (good quality, quick, easy, hassle-free).

This was my first time seeing this although I had heard amazing things about this film for awhile (I’m only 30 years old). I’m a huge fan of Morgan Freeman and love all his work and probably could listen to him read the dictionary or phone books if they still existed.

I’m from the South, so I’ve known people of the older generation who are like Miss Daisy. It was interesting to see how her character could be contradictory at times (says she isn’t prejudice but at times it seems that she is). It was touching to see how her character evolved throughout the film, and I loved the dynamic between Miss Daisy and Hoke. Hoke was so patient, kind, persistent, honest, and loyal, and I found him so endearing. This film made me love Morgan Freeman even more. When Miss Daisy told Hoke that he was her best friend, my heart just melted. I liked how important issues, such as racism, which we unfortunately are still battling today, were brought up, but it was done in a subtle, effective manner that didn’t take away from the story of these two individuals who bond an unlikely friendship. I highly recommend this film! I love the classics, and this has become one of my favorites.
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David SeamanReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant classic!
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Based on the Pulitzer winning play by Alfred Uhry ("Parade"), "Driving Miss Daisy" is a film that explores relationships, aging, how the "golden years" are not at all golden, and a historical era of America is frozen in time. A black man (Morgan Freeman) is hired to become the driver for the elderly and strong willed Jewish woman too old now to drive herself. (Jessica Tandy.) The brilliant script takes us from the first awkward encounter to the established warm friendship between them many years later.
It goes without saying that acting performances are stellar; this is Tandy and Freeman. Tandy's son is played by the brilliant and under appreciated Dan Akroyd, a remarkable character actor.
There is truth and beauty and ugliness and familiarity all through this film. This is not a "chick flick" (oh, how offensive that term is) it is a classic film in the category with "Casablanca", "Marvin's Room" and "50/50". It's not an epic, it is subtle, powerful, intense and moving.
Tandy made one more film after this one ("Nobody's Fool") and got an Oscar for neither. Shocking. To compare the two characters is like Streep in "Silkwood" and "Sophie's Choice." For all we know it's two different women.
But the star of this film is the script, which was wisely left close to the stage version. Uhry is a man who grew up in the South born in 1936. His grandfather owned the Atlanta pencil factory where Mary Phagan was murdered and Leo Frank was lynched for the crime. So like Styron, Faulkner and Twain, the subtleties of life in the South add class, precision and detail.
This is a must have
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H. SnyderReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
To the Piggly Wiggly -- And Beyond
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Covering a span of twenty years in the American South from just after World War II through the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish widow and retired teacher (Jessica Tandy), her businessman son (Dan Aykroyd) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). Instead of the strident account it could have been, Driving Miss Daisy slowly, carefully, lovingly follows the evolving relationship between a patrician old woman whose actions do not always match her professed beliefs, and a servant whose grace and patience win out over time. And it all starts with the week it took to convince Miss Daisy to climb into the car for a drive to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.

Jessica Tandy capped a distinguished career by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in Driving Miss Daisy, which also took the award for Best Picture. The Blu-ray is a bit soft-focus, but that might have been the intent of cinematographer Peter James, as it fits both the mood of the film and Atlanta's warm and humid environment. In any event, the softness is not detrimental to enjoyment of the film.

With great character development and spot-on performances by the cast, Driving Miss Daisy is an example of "old" Hollywood, taking time to tell a story about people you can care about, and without polemics that require choosing sides. That it was a box office smash and Best Picture of the year only goes to show that the public mood in the late 1980s was accepting of a quiet and low-key presentation, as long as it was a good story well told. And few stories are as well and realistically told as this one.
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