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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

In director Bruce Beresford's Best Picture-winning drama:

  • the scene of dedicated black ex-chauffeur Hoke Colburn (Oscar-nominated Morgan Freeman) trailing (for six days) stubborn Jewish ex-schoolteacher Daisy Werthan (Oscar-winning Jessica Tandy) in the car as she walked to the Piggly Wiggly supermarket and refused to ride (Daisy: "What are you doing?" Hoke: "I'm tryin' to drive you to the store!") -- "It only took me six days, the same time it took the Lord to make the world"
  • the discussion between Daisy and Hoke about his having to stop the car to go to the bathroom ("make water") during one of their trips - despite her objections
  • the death of black maid Idella (Esther Rolle) watching The Edge of Night on TV (the camera viewed the peas she had been shucking from pods bouncing on the floor at her feet)
  • Daisy teaching the illiterate Hoke about the connection between letters and words
  • one of the last scenes in which a mentally-dislocated Daisy told Hoke: "'re my best, really, you are", and then took his hand in hers
"Hoke...You're my best friend"
  • the final Thanksgiving scene in a nursing home in which an enfeebled 97 year-old Daisy was spoon-fed her Thanksgiving pumpkin pie by Hoke

Hoke Coburn - Daisy's Chauffeur

"I got to go make water"

Death of Black Maid Idella



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