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Winner of the Academy Award for best picture of 1989, this gracefully moving drama, adapted from the hit play by Alfred Uhry, chronicles the 25- year friendship between a stubborn, aging Southern widow (Jessica Tandy) and her loyal chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). At first, the self-sufficient Miss Daisy is reluctant to accept the services of a chauffeur, but Hoke is quiet, wise, and tolerant, and as the years pass the unlikely friends develop a deep mutual respect and admiration. Tandy deservedly won the Oscar for her sassy and sensitive performance, and Freeman earned an Oscar nomination for bringing quiet depth and integrity to his memorable role. Ironically, director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies) was not nominated, but the film won Oscars for makeup and for Uhry's screenplay, in addition to a supporting actor nomination for Dan Aykroyd as Daisy's supportive son. Delicate, funny, and bittersweet, Driving Miss Daisy was a surprise hit when released, and marked the crowning achievement of Tandy's great career. --Jeff Shannon

Cast

Morgan FreemanHoke Colburn
Jessica TandyDaisy Werthan
Dan AykroydBoolie Werthan
Patti LuPoneFlorine Werthan
Esther RolleIdella
Joann HavrillaMiss McClatchey

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 99 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 13, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 30, 1997
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