Driving Miss Daisy
Rebecca M. Bean directed this Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Alfred Uhry. Jeannie Marlin, Anthony Hendricks and Howard White co-star.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed Black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice.
But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until eventually they come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible—and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.