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Driving Miss Daisy

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Original title
Driving Miss Daisy
Running time
99 min.
United States United States
Alfred Uhry . Theater: Alfred Uhry
Hans Zimmer
Peter James
Zanuck Company, Warner Bros., Majestic Films International
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Old Age/elderly. Friendship. 1950s. 1960s. Southern Gothic
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, "Driving Miss Daisy" covers the 25 year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron (Jessica Tandy) and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur Hoke (Morgan Freeman). Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy's cloistered inability to grasp the social changes which sweep the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke's "people" are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they've been friends and kindred spirits all along.
1989: 4 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Actress (Tandy), Adapted Screenplay, Makeup. 9 Nom.
1989: Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Actor and Actress
1989: National Board of Review: Best Film
1990: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Joint Performance
1990: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Tandy). 4 Nominations, Including Best Film
1989: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Jessica Tandy)
1989: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Director
1989: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Freeman)
1989: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actress (Jessica Tandy)
1989: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
1989: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
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