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Driving Miss Daisy [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y5X60C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,540 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fiercely independent and penny-pinching Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) is appalled when her nephew decides she is too old to drive and hires her a black chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). Set in the Deep South of the 1950s and 60s, the film touches on racism and prejudice but mainly focuses on the developing relationship between the wealthy Jewish woman and her chauffeur, who she initially ignores, then accepts and finally befriends.The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Winner of the Academy Award for best picture of 1989, this gracefully moving drama, adapted from the hit play by Alfred Uhry, chronicles the 25-year friendship between a stubborn, ageing Southern widow (Jessica Tandy) and her loyal chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). At first, the self-sufficient Miss Daisy is reluctant to accept the services of a chauffeur, but Hoke is quiet, wise, and tolerant, and as the years pass the unlikely friends develop a deep mutual respect and admiration.

Tandy deservedly won the Oscar for her sassy and sensitive performance, and Freeman earned an Oscar nomination for bringing quiet depth and integrity to his memorable role. Ironically, director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies) was not nominated, but the film won Oscars for makeup and for Uhry's screenplay, in addition to a supporting actor nomination for Dan Aykroyd as Daisy's supportive son. Delicate, funny, and bittersweet, Driving Miss Daisy was a surprise hit when released, and marked the crowning achievement of Tandy's great career. --Jeff Shannon

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dazman on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Screen legends Morgan Freeman and the late Jessica Tandy light up the screen in my favourite on screen pairing of all-time.

This is a wonderful story of an elderly lady named Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman), who's been hired by her son (Dan Aykroyd) to assist his mother in getting her around after she has a driving accident.

At first Miss Daisy resents the presence of her new chauffeur, but slowly but surely she learns to tolerate him, which in turn turns into mutual respect and into a great friendship.

Both Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman play their parts to perfection and their chemistry is unlike I've ever witnessed on screen, Jessica Tandy won an Oscar for her performance, along with the film itself.

This is a very gentle film, with lots of gentle humour, you could say that not alot goes on, but the film is all about the 2 legends of acting and their brilliant performances, it's a beautiful film.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Litchfield on 20 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
Driving Miss Daisy is a classic example of why a movie doesn't need a shoot 'em up action sequence, or the usual obligatory sex scene, in order to enthrall and captivate. Despite the fact that the story covers a 25-year period in just over an hour and a half, it isn't a movie that rushes the viewer. Instead it proceeds at the comfortable pace of the southern-USA drawl characteristic of its Georgia setting. Unfortunately for those who are unused to this particular accent, at times it is difficult to make out what is being said. The unhurried feeling created is complemented by an excellent musical score - simple, light and almost whimsical, with a very catchy refrain.

The film follows the relationship (it would be too simplistic merely to call it friendship) between a widowed Jewish lady, Daisy Werthan, and her black chauffeur Hoke. Miss Daisy is adamant she neither wants nor needs the driver, provided by her exasperated son to ensure she doesn't have any more car accidents. However, over the next quarter century her frostiness thaws (albeit sporadically) and an understanding develops between this unlikely pair.

Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman well deserve the accolades they have received for their roles in this film. These talented actors have to share the limelight though - with a truly magnificent classic car ensemble. If you think modern cars are boring, it is worth viewing this film merely for the pleasure of seeing Miss Daisy's succession of cars - beautiful classic models from the late 1940s to the early 1970s - a time when cars truly deserved the title 'automobile'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Rainbow on 28 Jan. 2011
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One of my favourite films.
Understated and clever performances from all the leads.
The beautiful friendship that builds over the years and a hint of the civil unrest and racist issues of the time threaded through the film.
It is a gentle film of growing old and unusual friendships with superb music underlining it all.

Wonderful
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Garden Fiend on 12 April 2009
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Wonderful, wonderful film - just about my favourite. The growing friendship and respect between these two is inspiring - the last image heart stopping. I watch it over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. J. Collins on 11 July 2008
Format: DVD
This film is definitely a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. The plot, despite covering many decades, moves at a slow pace that might not be to everyone's taste but after watching it you'll find yourself surprised that so much was fitted into the film.
The quality of the acting is fantastic, especially from Jessica Tandy and her style meshes very well with Morgan Freeman's and they manage to make the characters engaging. There are also some great one-liners.
However, I still feel that I can only give it a 4/5, mainly because there is not much depth to the secondary characters beyond Hoke, Miss Daisy and her son. They fall very flat and are given so little screen-time that they almost might well not be there.

Something to be aware of, however, is that although the film is given a U rating there is a very strong racial slur used at one occasion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a must for film lovers who appreciate a beautifully crafted story with strong characters instead of action and special effects. Featuring a cast of excellent actors including Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy it tells the story of a middle class Jewish woman and her working class black driver/help and the friendship that blossoms from unlikely roots. Also a good example of race relations in the US at that time. A touching classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SNOW TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I love this film, I just loved the relationship between morgan freeman and Jessica tandy, I can see why the film won four Oscars including best film and best actress for Jessica Tandy. Miss Daisy(Jessica Tandy) crashes her car into a neighbour's fence so her son played by Dan Aykroyd pecks her head to hiring a driver called hock(morgan freeman) at first they don't get on but then they build a deep respect for each other, this is a great film, and a must watch on a lazy sunday afternoon. Let's hope there is a Blu-ray release soon.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Director's Commentary
Original 1989 Featurette
Miss Daisy's journey from stage to screen
Jessica Tandy - Theatre legend to screen star
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