Driving Miss Daisy

1989, Movie, PG, 99 mins

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DRIVING MISS DAISY
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Driving Us Crazy that this flick won all those Oscars--but then what do you expect? In all fairness, Australian director Bruce Beresford (BREAKER MORANT; TENDER MERCIES) successfully translates playwright-screenwriter Alfred Uhry's loosely autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name to the screen. The simple but compelling story opens in 1948, when Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy), a wealthy 72-year-old southern Jewish matron who lives in quiet dignity, accidentally backs her Packard into her neighbor's prized garden. Miss Daisy's already frustrated son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), insists that his mother employ the services of a chauffeur. Reluctantly, she hires Hoke (Morgan Freeman), a Black gentleman, thus beginning a friendship that blossoms over the next quarter century until, in her mid-90s, after many years of really getting to know and appreciate Hoke, the eccentric Miss Daisy at last concedes that the respectful yet forceful driver is indeed her very best friend. Set in a small community near Atlanta, DRIVING MISS DAISY covers 25 years (1948-73) in a changing South, and the manner in which the momentous and turbulent events of the civil rights movement affect Hoke and Daisy personally is the film's true subject. Directed and written with a pleasant simplicity and clarity, DRIVING MISS DAISY is a blandly liberal if touching and dignified depiction of decent human beings who must live their everyday lives amid the turmoil of historical events. Chief among the film's rewards are the extraordinary performances of its trio of stars, Freeman, Tandy, and Aykroyd--all of whom received Oscar nominations. Tandy won the Oscar for Best Actress. leave a comment

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