Driving Miss Daisy (1989)


dmd“[on the phone, trying to get a ride to her hair appointment] Well, I need you now, I have to be at the beauty parlor in half an hour… no, I most certainly did NOT know you have to call a minimum of three hours ahead! I don’t know why you call yourselves a taxicab company if you can’t provide taxicabs!” – Daisy Werthan

Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (30 Jul 2013)

Brief Synopsis – An unlikely lifelong friendship is created when an elderly black man is hired as a driver for an elderly Jewish woman in 1950’s Georgia.

My Take on it – In high school in 1988, we read this Pulitzer prize winning play so I was exposed to this story prior to seeing the movie.

When I saw the movie a few months later, I enjoyed it even more since I was familiar with it. The friendship that buds between these so diverse characters is actually quite heart warming and it’s done in a poignant way.

Great acting by Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd. It is rumored that Tandy (who is still the oldest person to win an acting Oscar) made a bet for $100 that she wouldn’t win. It was the best bet she ever lost. 🙂

This movie was not expected to win the Oscar for Best Picture, as Born on the Fourth of July (1989) was the favorite to win. It is still seen as one of the biggest surprises in Oscar history.

Winner of 4 Oscars – Picture, Actress (Tandy), screenplay and makeup

This one of only 4 Best Picture winners to not get a nomination for it’s director.  Argo (2012), Wings (1927) and Grand Hotel (1932) are the other three.

It lost Actor (Freeman), Supporting Actor (Akroyd). Film editing, Art direction and Costumes.

Bottom Line –Slow, but captivating movie. Great social message.  Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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