Overall Rank: 1035
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 182
Theatrical Release Date: 12/13/1989
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Bruce Beresford
Actors: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Joann Havrilla, Esther Rolle, Patti LuPone, Dan Aykroyd
Plot: A Jewish woman and her black "driver" settle culture and heritage differences while at first being reluctant to except him as her driver.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/28/2019
What the film says is sentimental and moving, but if the Academy wanted to award Best Picture to a movie that touches on race in a actually substantial way, then they should have chosen to nominate Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
Matthew Brady - wrote on 03/17/2016
While Driving Miss Daisy isn't what I call a best picture winner, since there were more deserving movies that came out that year, but the movie shouldn't get hate just for that. The movie is sweet, charming and heartwarming. It's the kind of movie that granny's go to watch and after it's over their something like "That was nice". Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy were excellent in this movie, as both of them had great chemistry and very entertaining conversations between them. It dose get kind of dull at times and i do wish the films pasting was a bit better, but that's just me. I say it's worth checking out, because there's plenty to like and appreciate in this movie.
Snoogans - wrote on 04/19/2014
A nice story about the evolution of a friendship. Tandy is good, but she doesn't generate as much sincerity as Freeman. Then again, who does? It's not that I didn't like the film. I thought it was entirely just 'fine'. I felt the whole process was a routine exercise in pleasantly dramatic fluff. Well made, for what it is, but not for my particular interest. I still find it hard to believe that this won Best Picture above all the other great films of 1989.
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JLFM - wrote on 04/09/2013
Sometimes, a thin plot isn't all bad. Driving Miss Daisy proves that. While undeniably simple in nature, Driving Miss Daisy is as sweet as movies get, and makes for a very pleasant experience.
72 year old Miss Daisy is a Jewish widow who, after getting in a slight car accident, is given a chauffeur against her will. A black man named Hoke, the chauffeur seems to be off to a rough start with Miss Daisy, though instead, a beautiful relationship blossoms.
I almost want to say that I'd like to see more movies as simple as Driving Miss Daisy. But I take it back, because a lot of Driving Miss Daisy's charm comes from the fact that it's simplicity is so rare in cinema, especially nowadays.
The title character, Miss Daisy, comes off as a bit of a grump at first. And though her …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/31/2012
Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) lives alone with a housemaid named Idella (Esther Rolle). Boolie (Dan Aykroyd) advices her to get a chauffeur since no insurance company will cover her. Ms. Daisy was hesitant at first, but she becomes accustomed to the amiable personality of Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Only observation this reviewer had were the picture’s quality, a more interesting plot and picture quality since the whole movie felt like a dream. The picture had the right balance of humor and drama. Screenplay was exceptional and direction was wonderful. Tandy and Freeman have made the film watchable since their onscreen chemistry was sensational. It had one of the most touching endings onscreen. Driving Miss Daisy is a good drama where topics on death, racism, trust, …
mdtinney - wrote on 08/27/2009
Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy (in Oscar Winning performance) invoke grace and dignity in this sensitive treatment of race relations and old age. Freeman stars as a gentle, wise black chauffeur in the service of a spunky Jewish widow, played by Tandy. As the years pass, their relationship evolves into a remarkable friendship despite their different backgrounds.The film is skillfully adapted from the award-winning play, unfolding against the backdrop of civil rights changes in the South. Somewhat simplistic to be considered a strong statement about race relations, the Best Picture/Best Screenpaly Oscar Winner makes a heartwarming effort to give witness to dignified aging.Freeman was never better, and the chemistry between the two leads is simply beautiful to watch. This is a very …
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