Driving Miss Daisy

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Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.

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Movie Info

Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

Cast & Crew

Morgan Freeman
Hoke Colburn
Jessica Tandy
Daisy Werthan
Dan Aykroyd
Boolie Werthan
Patti LuPone
Florine Werthan
Crystal R. Fox
Katie Bell (Boolie's cook)
Joann Havrilla
Miss McClatchey
David Brown
Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Peter James
Cinematographer
Mark Warner
Film Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Design
Victor Kempster
Art Direction
Katterli Frauenfelder
First Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Driving Miss Daisy

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  • Dec 11, 2017
    A showcase of the undeniable talents of Freeman and Tandy - the latter of which became the oldest actress to receive an Academy Award for best actress. Driving Miss Daisy cleverly and briefly touches on themes of prejudice, alienation and segregation and whilst these themes are only touched on briefly, this seems to almost normalise them and therefore makes the film's time and location seem ever more present. The absence of focus on the time the film is set allows the audience to focus on the warmth and familiarity that slowly grows between Daisy and her chauffeur Hoke. The ending of the film seems rushed and I'm unsure why they didn't include a bit more in the film to highlight the ageing of the two and the mental decline of the titular character, as such sudden jumps are made to years later and then suddenly the film's credits are rolling, it seems strange. At just under 99 minutes, the film could've done with being a bit longer perhaps.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2015
    Why this movie won so many Oscars is something that escapes me, given its annoying and poorly-paced narrative that forces us to endure an unbearable old lady and feels tremendously episodic trying to span 25 years with skips in time that are never fluid.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2014
    Driving Miss Daisy, I thought was a pretty good film, but was nowhere near the grand scale it has been described as. I'm not saying that it's a bad affair, but I feel it's a bit overrated as well. Morgan Freeman has made far better films than this, but here he delivers a very good performance, but compared to other pictures he's done, this one just doesn't stand out. The film is good for what it is, but I don't feel that it's a classic either. The story is good, charming and fun, and it boasts some engaging performances, but at times you feel that the film could have been much more as well. The film feels like it tries too hard at grabbing your attention and it should be effortless in doing so. Miss Daisy is good, but I simply didn't see how great it is. I personally feel there are far better films out there. Luckily the film is entertaining for what it is, but I would call this film a film that only warrants one viewing because I feel that it's necessarily a film that doesn't need to be seen time and time again. Driving Miss Daisy is entertaining and good for what it is, but it doesn't stand out as powerful picture and a film classic by any means. The cast do a fine job in their roles, but I felt that the story could have been polished a bit, and it should have had the potential of being a truly great film. The film is unfortunately a prime example of typical Oscar bate, only designed to appeal to the Academy, but when you actually watch it, you wonder why this film is so good. I mean this picture is entertaining, well acted and good, but it's nowhere near as good as everyone has claimed it to be.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2013
    Good but Daisy is ultimately far too sentimental to be a memorable film. Another example of a movie adored by the Academy that could easily feature as an ABC film of the week (with a larger budget).
    John B Super Reviewer

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