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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Director:
Bruce Beresford
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Driving Miss Daisy
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
Richard D. Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
Screenwriter (based on his play):
Alfred Uhry


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Miss Daisy Werthan Jessica Tandy
Hoke Colburn Morgan Freeman
Boolie Werthan Dan Aykroyd
Florine Werthan Patti LuPone
Idella Esther Rolle

 

Review

This story about a stubborn and elderly Jewish widow, in the shape of Jessica Tandy, and her patient, sympathetic black chauffeur, played by Morgan Freeman, is so thoughtful and pretty that you feel ashamed to be critical towards it. It's a warm film too, as directed by Bruce Beresford - that gentle, indulgent director who was Oscar nominated for Tender Mercies a few years previously. He gets good and solid performances from his actors, and Tandy and Freeman create a lovable atmosphere between them. Tandy with her nose in the sky, occasionally unveiling herself, Freeman with delightful southerner mannerisms and diction. He's almost parodic, but his truthfulness carries him through. The film is essentially without climaxes, and the story in and of itself is too unremarkable to be of lasting importance (except as a good-mannered, politically correct document), but it's a totally enjoyable experience from start to finish.

 

Copyright 25.9.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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