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Driving Miss Daisy [Blu-ray] (2013)

Morgan Freeman , Jessica Tandy , Bruce Beresford  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Alfred Uhry
  • Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, David Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CV12YQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hoke Colburn sits in the front seat with his hands on the steering wheel but the driver's seat is behind him. That's where Miss Daisy sits. She doesn't want a chauffeur and she won't give in. Neither will Hoke.Alfred Uhry's moving Pulitzer Prize-winning play became 1989's Academy Award-winning Best Picture. Driving Miss Daisy tells of genteel but strong-willed Atlanta matron Daisy (Best Actress Oscar-winner Jessica Tandy) and her patient but equally determined chauffeur Hoke (Morgan Freeman). For two so different they have a lot in common. And the bumpy road they travel leads to the friendship of a lifetime.

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friends. July 16, 2004
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Lovely is such an old fashioned word, I know. But that's the word that describes this film, for me. The story of the developing friendship over many years between the black chaueffeur and the older Jewish woman is very heartwarming in its simplicity. Jessica Tandy is marvelous as "Miss Daisy" the fiercely independant, irascible widow, whose advancing age requires her son to employ, against her wishes, a driver/companion for her. Miss Tandy, who originated the role of Blanche DuBois on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire", was a wonderful actress. This was one of her last films, and all the skill, sublety, and experience of her life-long craft come together to create a living, breathing "Miss Daisy." Morgan Freeman meets her skill in his portrayal of "Hoag", the accomodating chaueffeur. He has the manner of a certain resignation that an older black man may have felt in the turbulent, prejudiced south in which he lived, yet exudes dignity. He has the manner of "Hoag" down pat, right down to the closed mouth laugh that I have seen in the old black men who hang out on the corner. This is not a caricature, he IS "Hoag." His relationship with Miss Daisy starts out very rocky, to say the least, but, as time passes, their places in each others lives develope into almost a "marriage", with a quiet understanding of, and dependence on, each other. And though Miss Daisy insists she was not prejudiced, and inherently wasn't, it is touching to see her slowly let go of her last universally accepted beliefs of peoples place in society, where the "colored" help were always servants of some sort, and the line was just never crossed. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best December 24, 2003
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Superb casting of Jessica Tandy as a stubborn elderly Southern woman of privilege and Morgan Freeman as her loyal and capable and patient chauffeur makes this one of the best dramas and character studies of all time. Tandy won an Oscar for this 1989 performance and Freeman was nominated for one. This is a movie of wonderful spirited characters, people who demonstrate sassiness, independence, tolerance, admiration, and respect for each other - but only after a few years of working together. It all started when Miss Daisy crashed her car and her son, Dan Aykroyd, a pompous banker type, declared she absolutely could drive no more. So he hired a chauffeur for her. At first, all the old Southern prejudices came into plan, prejudices of class, race, and education. But gradually the wisdom and quiet patience of Freeman's character won her over.
At its core, this is the story of an unlikely friendship that shows it's possible to transcend prejudice and appreciate the human being within.
Highest marks.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performances! March 28, 2000
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This is simply a wonderful film! The performances by Jesica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Ackroyd and Esther Rolle are top-notch. The pace of the film is magnificent; there is not a dull moment in the entire one and a half hours. The set is lovely and period correct, as is the music and even the automobiles (mostly vintage Cadillacs). The chemistry between the two lead characters is very special, and Jessica Tandy certainly deserved the Academy Award for her performance. It is wonderful to see the progression over the period of several decades, and the friendship that develops between a proud, old Jewish widow and her newly appointed chauffeur. Dan Ackroyd as Miss Daisy's son is surprisingly effective also. An all round gem of a movie that deserves to be seen again and again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story skillfully presented December 28, 2004
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Take an intense and flawless performance by Jessica Tandy (80-years-old when the movie was released in 1989) and a charming and slyly witty performance by Morgan Freeman (closing in on his fifties)--she a rich Jewish lady of the South, high-toned, spoiled, stubborn to a fault, he a black illiterate chauffeur, wise, patient and in need of a job--and we have the basis for a profound character study. What we are studying is both the character of the leads and the character of a way of life passing languidly before our eyes.

Adapted for the screen from his Pulitzer Prize winning stage play by Alfred Uhry and directed by Bruce Beresford, who previously gave us the remarkable Aussie classic, Breaker Morant (1980), Driving Miss Daisy is one of those films that is a work of art as well as a sociological discovery. Using beautifully constructed scenes carefully observed, Beresford allows us to recall a way of life and a culture that characterized the South during the middle of the last century. Freeman's Hoke Colburn is black; and, as he mumbles, "not all that much has changed" since the days of slavery. He still has to "yes'em" and shuffle his feet and show deference to white folk just to get by. Miss Daisy Werthan herself is rich and very tight with her money. She is also as racially prejudiced as a Dixie sheriff, but blind to her prejudices as she rages against the infirmaries of age.

The movie begins as she loses control of her car and drives it off the road and into a drainage ditch. She is shaken but unharmed. However her driving days are over. Her son Boolie Werthan, played with a fine touch and surprising restraint by comedian Dan Aykroyd, decides to get her a chauffeur. But she will not hear of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this classic. Anyone can be friends
Published 1 day ago by Misty Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoke & Miss Daisy
Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman make the "oddest" of odd couples in this film's story of a decades long friendship forged across racial lines during the turbulent 50s & 60s... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Judith Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it....
Published 1 day ago by charles w. webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting
This movie is a must for anyone's collection. The combination of two great actors Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman is hard to beat. Read more
Published 2 days ago by movie buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a gift and she loved it.
Published 5 days ago by Shirley Odgers
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, should return for a reship
Very disappointed, should return for a reship. It skips, and stops, and starts, like a Model-T Ford, even whirls a bit. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Douglas1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent -- a classic!
Saw this when it first came out. Just watched it again and time, wisdom, life experiences, and maturity made me love it even more. Superb acting and story.
Published 7 days ago by Janice A. West
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good quality
Published 7 days ago by nathaniel godfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars I have watched someone else's I love Morgan
Have not watched it yet, I have watched someone else's I love Morgan Freeman
Published 10 days ago by Wendy P. Auer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a great story/CD for a rainy day and a great idea for a holiday gift!
Published 10 days ago by Laura D.
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