Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as Hoke Colburn (whom he also portrayed in the play) and Jessica Tandy playing Miss Daisy. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns over a 25-year period.
The Hans Zimmer score was done completely with synthesizers, all of which he played. No orchestras were used.
Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, and Angela Lansbury all were interested in playing Miss Daisy. Studio executives also considered a Bette Midler/Eddie Murphy pairing.
In the scenes involving the black 4 door Cadillac sedan, the director uses both a 1955 and a 1956 Cadillac. The cars’ exteriors are identical except for the rear exhaust fender flare on the ’56. The rear fender on the ’55 is flat.
The Hudson Commodore was an automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1941 and 1952. During its time in production, the Commodore model represented the largest and most luxurious Hudson model.
For 1949, the Commodore line was enlarged to include more luxurious Custom models. As a marketing promotion, Hudson had plastic specialists use scaled-down blueprints to develop transparent models of the Commodore Eight sedan to demonstrate and promote the design and construction of the cars.
Daisy Werthan: [on the phone, trying to get a ride to her hair appointment] Well, I need you now, I have to be at the beauty parlor in half an hour… no, I most certainly did NOT know you have to call a minimum of three hours ahead! I don’t know why you call yourselves a taxicab company if you can’t provide taxicabs!
Idella: [in the other room, polishing a table] Why don’t you call your son down at the mill? He’ll send somebody for you.
Daisy Werthan: That won’t be necessary… I’ll just cancel the appointment and fix my own hair!
Idella: Sometimes I think you ain’t got the sense God gave a lemon!
Boolie Werthan: Hoke, I want you to understand something. Now, you’d be working for me. She
[referring to Daisy]
Boolie Werthan: can say anything she likes, but she can’t fire you. You understand?
Hoke Colburn: Yes, sir. Yes, sir, I sure do. And, don’t you worry about a thing, Mr. Werthan! I’m gonna hold on no matter how she run me. You see, I used to rassle hogs down yonder in Macon, and, let me tell you, ain’t no hog got away from me yet!
A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy’s career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909.
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