Driving Miss Daisy

"The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship."

Driving Miss Daisy is a film that is equal parts comedy and drama. Miss Daisy is an elderly woman who lives in the South. One day she is out driving, and she wrecks her car. No insurance company will continue to allow her to drive, so her son insists on getting her a chauffeur. Miss Daisy’s son hires a driver, but Miss Daisy is stubborn and doesn’t want his services. One day she even walks to the grocery store rather than let Hoke, the chauffeur, drive her. Hoke follows her in the car. Eventually she lets on that she doesn’t want to be driven around because she is afraid people will see her and realize that she is too old to drive.

Miss Daisy soon discovers that Hoke needs her just as much as she needs him. Hoke is illiterate, and Miss Daisy takes it upon herself to teach him to read. One day, they drive from Georgia to Alabama to visit Miss Daisy’s brother, and Miss Daisy learns that this is the first time Hoke has left the state of Georgia.

The film explores a lot of the racist attitudes that were prevalent in the South in the 1940s. While they are en route to Alabama, highway patrolmen pull over Hoke and Miss Daisy and make racist comments about them. Miss Daisy also feels a backlash because she is Jewish, and that was not tolerated by many during this time.

Miss Daisy is gradually getting older, and one day when Hoke arrives to drive her somewhere, he finds that she is struggling with remembering things At this point, Miss Daisy tells Hoke that he is her best friend. Hoke tells Miss Daisy’s son about his mother’s condition, and her son decides it's time to put Miss Daisy in a nursing home. Hoke goes and visits Miss Daisy in the house and feeds her pumpkin pie because she cannot feed herself. The film ends with Hoke remembering the good times they had together.

PG
| 1989 | 1 hr 39 min | 7.4/10
Cast
Studio
Director
Bruce Beresford
Language
English
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