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Driving Miss Daisy (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Morgan Freeman , Jessica Tandy , Bruce Beresford    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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, aging 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DRIVING HOME A REAL AMERICAN CLASSIC March 9 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
When Warner Home Video released their full frame DVD copy of this movie back in 1997 I was really steamed. The image was cropped, softly focused and absent of fine details and proper color balancing. Now, Warner has gone back to the drawing board and released "Driving Miss Daisy" in its original 1:85:1 aspect ratio. But this still may not be the version for you to run out and buy.
True, the original theatrical release was rather softly focused, but this edition is perhaps too much so in spots to say that it is the result of the director's original intent. Colors are smeared and contrast levels continue to be extremely low in spots. There are also blemishes in the original camera negative that are quite evident, particularly in the scenes that take place in the kitchen. Also, there is quite a bit of digital grit, evident in scenes with a lot of sky and a ton of pixelization that breaks up fine background details. The soft quality of the image is what really hurts the over all visual impact of this transfer. The audio has been remixed to 5.1 but it's a weak mix, sounding very much like a 2.0 surround instead. There are a could of documentaries but nothing definitive that will set the world on fire. BOTTOM LINE: Disappointing transfer for a film that has entered the public consciousness as one of the best movies of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friends. July 16 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Lovely is such an old fashioned word, I know. But that's the word that describes this film, for me. The story of the developing friendship over many years between the black chaueffeur and the older Jewish woman is very heartwarming in its simplicity. Jessica Tandy is marvelous as "Miss Daisy" the fiercely independant, irascible widow, whose advancing age requires her son to employ, against her wishes, a driver/companion for her. Miss Tandy, who originated the role of Blanche DuBois on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire", was a wonderful actress. This was one of her last films, and all the skill, sublety, and experience of her life-long craft come together to create a living, breathing "Miss Daisy." Morgan Freeman meets her skill in his portrayal of "Hoag", the accomodating chaueffeur. He has the manner of a certain resignation that an older black man may have felt in the turbulent, prejudiced south in which he lived, yet exudes dignity. He has the manner of "Hoag" down pat, right down to the closed mouth laugh that I have seen in the old black men who hang out on the corner. This is not a caricature, he IS "Hoag." His relationship with Miss Daisy starts out very rocky, to say the least, but, as time passes, their places in each others lives develope into almost a "marriage", with a quiet understanding of, and dependence on, each other. And though Miss Daisy insists she was not prejudiced, and inherently wasn't, it is touching to see her slowly let go of her last universally accepted beliefs of peoples place in society, where the "colored" help were always servants of some sort, and the line was just never crossed. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tale of an Unlikely Friendship May 2 2004
Format:DVD
"Driving Miss Daisy" is one of the best films released in 1989, rightfully winning four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Makeup. This adaptation of the play version is brilliant. It tells the story, set between 1940's-1960's, of a fiesty elderly woman who's unhappy of growing old. As she meets a man who becomes her driver, the story develops into something special. The combination of stories become increasingly interesting as the two develop a close friendship. Their relationship beats the racist society and the painful past that the man has endured. Through everything, their lives change forever. Her son's frequent visits to her house offer the added entertainment value as it adds to the emotional value. Despite the twenty-five year plot span, the storyline flows smoothly. The warm, loving story offers an unforgettable viewing experience.
Jessica Tandy performs her role as the unhappy elderly woman splendidly. Her every expressed emotion is felt upon audiences. She became the oldest person to win an Oscar, at age 80. Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd's Oscar nominated roles (Best Actor/ Best Supporting Actor) offer the added unique theme to this great film. All other actors also performed wonderfully.
The quality of "Driving Miss Daisy" proves that it's destined to become a classic in the following years. It's sure to continue pleasing audiences for many years to come. Most viewers will have to watch it multiple times to fully understand the movie because of its deep storyline. Afterwards, those who do will be glad they did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best Dec 24 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Superb casting of Jessica Tandy as a stubborn elderly Southern woman of privilege and Morgan Freeman as her loyal and capable and patient chauffeur makes this one of the best dramas and character studies of all time. Tandy won an Oscar for this 1989 performance and Freeman was nominated for one. This is a movie of wonderful spirited characters, people who demonstrate sassiness, independence, tolerance, admiration, and respect for each other - but only after a few years of working together. It all started when Miss Daisy crashed her car and her son, Dan Aykroyd, a pompous banker type, declared she absolutely could drive no more. So he hired a chauffeur for her. At first, all the old Southern prejudices came into plan, prejudices of class, race, and education. But gradually the wisdom and quiet patience of Freeman's character won her over.
At its core, this is the story of an unlikely friendship that shows it's possible to transcend prejudice and appreciate the human being within.
Highest marks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy I finally found it
I have been looking for this dvd for a few years. I'm happy I finally found it.
Published 28 days ago by Joanne Walker Keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Miss. Daisy
This is one of my all time favorite movies. I love Morgan Freeman and his performance is spectacular in this film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Old but good movie. Took awhile to get here from wherever it was sent, but it arrived fine. Watched it yesterday, dvd worked fine.
Published 5 months ago by norma
5.0 out of 5 stars driving miss daisy
Morgan Freeman was great in this movie.it was a wonderful heart felt movie that made you laugh made you cry
Published 9 months ago by Laura Boucher
4.0 out of 5 stars Driving Miss Daisy
I have always liked Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy and this movie is a fun combination of the 2 actors
Published 12 months ago by Elaine Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars MacGoo says
Morgan Freeman is an actor of immense talent and presence. This movie is a classic that I had to have.
Published 13 months ago by MacGoo
5.0 out of 5 stars A potential classic
I could never understand a mentality that wouldn't love this movie. Freeman was extraordinary. The story line was very plausible so it was a great watch ( twice ) and I will watch... Read more
Published 14 months ago by warmhearted
5.0 out of 5 stars DRIVING MISS DAISY
I had watched this movie years ago. I am a fan of Jessica Tandy, so I enjoyed watching it again. As it is a great movie, I wanted to add it to my library.
Published 17 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars touching
I had seen the movie years ago and wanted to see it again and keep the movie in my home just in case I'd want to watch it again !!! !
Published 17 months ago by Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
choose this rating because it is a well acted movie,loved it when it was first out,love it now! very fast delivery as well!
Published 19 months ago by susan clarke
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