Driving Miss Daisy


(out of 5)

After she gets into a car accident, a Jewish octogenarian () in the American south of the 1930s gives in to her concerned son’s demand that she let him hire her a chauffeur. The driver arrives in the form of , a kindly, seemingly sweet old man who is frustrated by her initial refusal to allow him to do his job. As their relationship progresses throughout the years, however, the two of them face their own personal prejudices towards each other as well as those that they face from the outside world. Tandy and Freeman both give career-defining performances, nailing the characters so beautifully that they will remain indelible images in your heart forever. The supporting cast is also superb, particularly an astonishing  as Tandy’s son, who does so very much with even the smallest scenes he is given to act in. Taken from Alfred Uhre’s much more intimate play, the story is adapted to the big screen (by Uhre himself) without sacrificing any of its dramatic intensity or its intimacy.

USA, 1989

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1989

Golden Globe Awards 1989


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