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Driving Miss Daisy

Directed byBruce Beresford
Produced byRichard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
Screenplay byAlfred Uhry
Based onDriving Miss Daisy
by Alfred Uhry
StarringMorgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyPeter James
Edited byMark Warner
The Zanuck Company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dateDecember 15, 1989
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7.5 million
Box office$145.8 million

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry’s 1987 play of the same name. The film stars Jessica TandyMorgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd. Freeman reprised his role from the original Off-Broadway production.

The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns over a twenty-five year period.

Driving Miss Daisy was a critical and commercial success upon its release and at the 62nd Academy Awards received nine nominations, and won four: Best PictureBest Actress (for Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It Was The Last PG Rated Movie to win Best Picture.

IMDb’s One Star reviews from the last decade for Driving Miss Daisy


brett-76260 30 April 2020

Whoever gives this movie higher than a 2 needs to get out more. Perhaps one of the most boring movies ever made. It was a struggle to make it all the way to the end that’s for sure. If you have a hard time falling asleep, turn this thing on Cause it will knock you right out… Best picture Oscar??? What a joke… I’d rather watch A cup of water evaporate before sitting through this turd again.. If stupid and boring movies are your thing, this wont disappoint…

This movie made me psychically ill

roythedog 24 April 2020

Warning: Spoilers

Watching this movie was one of the rare cases where I could barely sit through the whole thing. It literally made me nauseous and i’m studying to become a certified funeral director and cremation tech. Miss Daisy is one of the most detestable and horrible characters I have ever seen. Watching her insult, threaten, and belittle Hoke for just trying to help out around her house was painful to watch. Hoke is one of the kindest characters ever put to film and it’s a shame his character and Dan Akyroyd’s were wasted on this. The fact that this movie won a Oscar is baffling. It’s even more horrifying that this was the reality of how African Americans were treated at the time. The thought of that should make any normal person nauseate. I give this movie one star because I really loved the character of Hoke and Dan Akyroyd’s performance. I just couldn’t ignore how horrible Miss Daisy is as a character.

Driving Miss DaisyUnpleasant characters, twee and sentimental.

wolfslair-95563 28 March 2020

I first saw this film when I was a child, and I remember I found it tedious. That was to be expected.

I recently watched it again, and this time the reaction was not one of boredom. Just irritation and exasperation.

The titular character is absolutely horrible. She is just a spoiled rich woman, oblivious of the people around her. Hoke is nothing more than a stereotypical representation of the subservient African American of that period.

It’s really awful and just made me very frustrated with all the characters; Daisy an obnoxious, rude, spoilt ungrateful old cow. Booley, a stereotyped southern guy, who is ‘kind’ t to coloured people. I just wanted him to lose his temper with his horrible mother and put her in her place, or at least make the old bint think of someone other than herself. Instead he just whines ‘Mama!’ Ardella might as well have been written as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

The whole story was pointless and ultimately misleading – the whole they learn from each other aspect rings hollow. She remains the obnoxious rude woman until the end, although he delicately challenges her in the way a child might challenge a domineering mother. That is not breaking down barriers, it simply tip toes around them.

Ultimately misleading, frustrating and full of stereotypes. Irrespective it is a horrible film, with horrible characters. The only truth being it reflected the subservience of double standards of the times.

Spike’s right: Freeman does everything but shuffle and shine shoes

SanFernandoCurt 28 January 2016

This thing has been re-filmed on television so many times, it’s clearly a sentimental bonbon for Hollywood’s ethnic powerhouses. ‘Why’ isn’t mysterious. Its plodding plot line confirms what I bet most African Americans suspect is their propositional status with Jews: We’re all in this together as long as you dusky folk know your place. Finally, we have PC-certified condescension. Breakthrough.

It’s all about the ‘relationship’ between Miss Daisy of the title and her black chauffeur Holk – except its key points generally are tipped by incursions of that ol’ debbil racism and what modern-day Northern Jews determine is virulent anti-Semitism that’s always infested the South like a boll weevil in a cotton ball. That there’s only subjective ‘evidence’ of this is minor detail. In one turning point, Daisy and Hoke find common ground after her synagogue is bombed; that actually happened mid-1950s, but as reaction to its role in Atlanta civil rights protests, not so much hatred of Hebrews. Obviously, tales of victimhood and suffering – fabricated though they are – are much more in sync with today’s political ambiance than recalling Jewish role in the Atlantic slave trade, or that the Confederacy’s Secretary of State blew the shofar.

There’s an amusing moment in which their limo is pulled over by two state troopers with oddly subtle approach to their Bull Connor obligation in the movie. They ID Miss Daisy as Jewish but… how? Is there a Mogen David on her license plate? Appearance? I look more Jewish than Jessica Tandy.

You owe yourself a pass on this one.

Was Right to Avoid for 25+ Years

E_Buzz_Miller 2 June 2013

Best picture??? Bad choice; shouldn’t even have been nominated. How about My Left Foot, Field of Dreams, Glory? This so called relationship film is Tandy’s being ultra-cranky and Freeman shucking and saying, “Yes’m.” This goes on for decades!!!! The viewer gets more out of Freeman and Akroyd’s relationship. Further, the movie skips through time like a rock skipping across water. Never staying long enough for us to grow along with the relationship. Only once, when Freeman confronts Tandy about having to go to the bathroom is their an actual face-to-face discussion of an issue and even then we are then whisked off with out any satisfaction of resolution. The soundtrack will kill you too, very dated. Zimmer at his worst.


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