Driving Miss Daisy

Synopsis: An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Production: Fathom Events
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Hoke Colburn, sir.

How'd you know about the elevator?

I used to drive for a dairy, sir.

Their elevator was

worse than this one.

Hoke the one I told you about.

Of course.

Excuse me, sir.

Y'all people's Jewish, ain't you?

Yeah, we are. Why?

I'd rather work for Jews.

I know folks say they stingy and cheap.

But don't say none of that around me!

Good to know you feel that way.

What was your last job?

I worked for Judge Harold

Stone, a Jewish gentleman.

You worked for Judge Stone?

Seven years. I'd still be

there if he didn't up and die.

Mrs. Stone asked me to move

to Savannah with her.

Of course, my wife was dead by then.

But I said, "No, thank you, ma'am."

I didn't want to be too

far from my grandbabies.

Judge Stone was my father's friend.

You don't say?


Later, Miss McClatchey.

Oscar said you needed somebody

to drive for your family.

Will I be taking your

children to school...

...and your wife to the beauty parlor?

I don't have any children.

What I need...

You're still a young man.

Don't worry too much.

Thank you. I won't.

Hoke, I need somebody

to drive my mother around.

Yes. Well, if you don't

mind my asking, sir...

...why ain't she hiring for herself?

It's a difficult situation.

She done gone around the bend a little.

That will happen as they get on.

No, she's all there!

Too much there is the problem!

I want you to understand something.

My mother is a little high strung.

The fact is, you would

be working for me.

She can say anything she likes...

...but she can't fire you. Understand?

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir, I sure do.

Don't worry, Mr. Werthan.

I'll hold on no matter

which way she run me.

I was a little boy back on the farm

above Macon where I come from.

I wrestled hogs to the

ground during killing time.

Well, sir, there ain't a

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Alfred Uhry

Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has received an Academy Award, two Tony Awards and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for dramatic writing for Driving Miss Daisy. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. more…

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