Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1989. The Zanuck Company. Screenplay by Alfred Uhry, based on his play. Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck. Music by Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Bruno Rubeo. Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride. Film Editing by Mark Warner. Academy Awards 1989. Boston Film Critics Awards 1989. Golden Globe Awards 1989. National Board Of Review Awards 1989. New York Film Critics Awards 1989.
After she gets into a car accident, a Jewish octogenarian (Jessica Tandy) 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 Morgan Freeman, 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 Dan Aykroyd 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.