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Driving Miss Daisy [DVD]

Jessica Tandy , Morgan Freeman , Bruce Beresford    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y5X60C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Dazman
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Miss Daisy 12 April 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft, subtle and lovely 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.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old-fashioned tale 30 Sep 2003
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story skillfully presented 28 Dec 2004
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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Miss Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow, wants to keep her independence, but cannot get car insurance. Her son employs an African-American chauffeur for her .. Read more
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I am a bloke. If ever you wanted a non-bloke film, this is pretty much it. It's got nothing in it I should like (apart from a hell of a story, beautifully told; that's my... Read more
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