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Driving Miss Daisy (Snap Case Packaging) (1990)

Morgan Freeman , Jessica Tandy , Bruce Beresford  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Alfred Uhry
  • Producers: Alfred Uhry, David Brown, Jake Eberts, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F7D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Driving Miss Daisy (Snap Case Packaging)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Two new featurettes: "Miss Daisy's Journey" & "Jessica Tandy: Theater Legend to Screen Star"
  • Original 1989 featurette
  • Award notes

Editorial Reviews

Four Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture! The funny, tender story of a feisty Southern lady and her chauffeur, fueled by the starpower of Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friends. July 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best December 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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82 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Widescreen shows less picture than Fullscreen! September 25, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Driving Miss Daisy is one of my all-time favorites. I bought the Special Edition widescreen DVD (ISBN 0-7907-7237-X, UPC 0-85392-33402-5) and was horribly disappointed. It shows less picture than does my old fullscreen VHS tape (and I seem to be the only one who has noticed)! Although the image is with a widescreen aspect ratio, the left & right sides of the picture do not extend beyond those of the VHS. And the top & bottom letterbox black bars on the DVD image are actually covering up parts of the picture that I can see on the VHS. In other words, THE PICTURE BETWEEN WIDESCREEN DVD AND FULLSCREEN VHS IS IDENTICAL, EXCEPT THAT THE DVD HAS BLACK BARS LITERALLY COVERING UP THE TOP & BOTTOM. For instance, at the end of the movie, the VHS tape clearly shows Miss Daisy's hand fumbling with the fork, and her slice of pie sitting there on the table. On the widescreen DVD, this is all covered up by the bottom black bar, so all you see of the pie is the few bites that Hoke raises (out of the void) to Miss Daisy's mouth. The touching scene is completely ruined. I'm not exactly sure what's up with this pseudo-widescreen version, but it stinks.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performances! March 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story skillfully presented December 28, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture - 1989
This was the winning film for Best Picture of 1989. Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman! Tow of our finest actors in one film! How could it lose? A great film. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Glenn R. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Daisy
I had to watch this movie for a adult development course I am taking this semester, at first I was annoyed that I had to watch it but it was indeed hilarious and I'm glad that I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Shauna Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Tandy
I've watched this movie over and over again on the Hallmark station. I've always loved it and I always liked Jessica Tandy in anything she's done with or without her husband Hume... Read more
Published 5 days ago by theresa.theriot
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless enjoyment
What a wonderful story. Highlights the problems of dealing with aging
parents and busy caretakers. The true blessings of friendships and a look
into our past.
Published 10 days ago by retired2
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is just too good…..
Love this movie, it has been 20 years or more since I last seen it…. Wow what a pleasure to watch it again….. Read more
Published 14 days ago by M. Herwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Driving Miss Daisy
A wonderful classic movie that I have seen before but enjoy it every time I see it. The acting is wonderful.
Published 21 days ago by Patricia Glennon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Morgan Freeman gives an excellent performance in this movie as well as Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. What an experience!
Published 23 days ago by George Rawlings
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Have seen this movie several times...have it on tape, wanted to have it on DVD for future viewing...superb acting...so much compassion
Published 24 days ago by Wanda Cogburn
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing Movie!!!
I have seen this movie before I purchased it. Bought it because it is a must have in your movie collection!!!! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Phil Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love this movie I'm so glad i purchased it ..It's funny sad and just plan good i can't get enough of this movie..
Published 27 days ago by Roshanda Williams
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