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Driving Miss Daisy
Director: Bruce Beresford (Dir)
Release Date:   1989
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 13 Dec 1989; New York opening: week of 13 Dec 1989
Duration (in mins):   99
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Cast:   Morgan Freeman (Hoke Colburn)  
    Jessica Tandy (Daisy Werthan)  
    Dan Aykroyd (Boolie Werthan)  
    Patti LuPone (Florine Werthan)  
    Esther Rolle (Idella)  
    Joann Havrilla (Miss McClatchey)  
    William Hall, Jr. (Oscar)  
    Alvin M. Sugarman (Dr. Weil)  
    Clarice F. Geigerman (Nonie)  
    Muriel Moore (Miriam)  
    Sylvia Kaler (Beulah)  
    Carolyn Gold (Neighbor lady)  
    Crystal R. Fox (Katie Bell)  
    Bob Hannah (Red Mitchell)  
    Ray McKinnon (Trooper # 1)  
    Ashley Josey (Trooper # 2)  
    Jack Rousso (Slick)  
    Fred Faser (Insurance agent)  
    Indra A. Thomas (Soloist)  
    Royce Applegate (Additional voice)  
    June Christopher (Additional voice)  
    Leigh French (Additional voice)  
    Archie Hahn (Additional voice)  
    Eugene Lee (Additional voice)  
    Felton Perry (Additional voice)  
    Ruth Silveira (Additional voice)  
    Gregory Snegoff (Additional voice)  
    Lynne Stewart (Additional voice)  
    Arnold Turner (Additional voice)  


Production Company: The Zanuck Company  
Production Text: A Zanuck Company Production
Distribution Company: Warner Bros., Inc. (A Warner Communications Company)
Director: Bruce Beresford (Dir)
  Robert Doudell (Unit prod mgr)
  Katterli Frauenfelder (1st asst dir)
  Martha Elcan (2d asst dir)
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck (Prod)
  Lili Fini Zanuck (Prod)
  David Brown (Exec prod)
  Jake Eberts (Co-exec prod)
  Robert Doudell (Assoc prod)
  Alfred Uhry (Assoc prod)
Writer: Alfred Uhry (Scr)
Photography: Peter James (Dir of photog)
  Erich Roland (Cam op)
  David John Frederick (1st asst cam)
  David Meistrich (2d asst cam)
  Keith Sherer (Gaffer)
  Jeff Becker (Best boy)
  Robert Kempf (Key grip)
  David Sinrich (Best boy/grip)
  Michael John Fedack (Dolly grip)
  Sam Young Emerson (Still photog)
Art Direction: Bruno Rubeo (Prod des)
  Victor Kempster (Art dir)
Film Editor: Mark Warner (Ed)
  Russell Paris (Post prod supv)
  Steven Ramirez (1st asst film ed)
  Donald Likovich (Asst film ed)
  Jeremiah O`Driscoll (Apprentice film ed)
  D. Bassett & Associates (Negative cutter)
  Karen Harding (Asst ed)
  Clare Freeman (Asst ed)
Set Decoration: Crispian Sallis (Set dec)
  Philip Steuer (Property)
  William Zullo (Prop asst)
  Vera Smith (Prop asst)
  Benjamin Beresford (Prop asst)
  Tony Kupersmith (Construction coord)
  Paul Huggins (Construction foreman)
  Kris McGary (Lead person)
  Wren Boney (Head set dresser)
  Karen Young (Set dresser)
  John Oliveira (Set dresser)
  Gary L. Buckles (Set dresser)
  Don E. Cochran (Scenic chargeman)
Costumes: Elizabeth McBride (Cost des)
  Marsha Perloff (Ward supv)
  Susan E. Mickey (Costumer)
  Kristine Kearney (Costumer)
Music: Hans Zimmer (Mus comp)
  Laura Perlman (Mus ed)
  Jay Rifkin (Mus scoring mixer)
  Barry Levine (Mus supv)
Sound: Michael Minkler (Re-rec mixer)
  Natthew Ladarola , C.A.S. (Re-rec mixer)
  Matthew Patterson (Rec)
  Hank Garfield (Prod mixer)
  Andy Rovins (Boom op)
  Gloria Cooper (Cableperson/2nd boom)
  JDH Sound (Sd re-rec by)
  Sprocket Systems, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. (Sd services provided by)
  Gloria S. Borders (Supv sd ed)
  Ronald Jacobs (Dialogue ed)
  Melissa Dietz (Dialogue ed)
  Tom Bellfort (ADR ed)
  Tim Holland (Eff ed)
  Sandina Bailo-Lape (Foley ed)
  Robin Harlan (Foley artist)
  David Slusser (Foley recordist)
Special Effects: Bob Shelley (Spec eff coord)
  B. J. Shelley (Spec eff asst)
  Pacific Title (Titles & optical eff)
  Introvision International, Inc. (Spec vis effects by)
Make Up: Manlio Rocchetti (Makeup supv)
  Lynn Barber (Asst makeup)
  Kevin Haney (Makeup consultant)
  Phil Leto (Hairstylist)
  Phillip Ivey (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Annette Haywood-Carter (Scr supv)
  Teresa M. Yarbrough (Prod coord)
  Nanette Guidebeck (Asst prod coord)
  Charlene Murray/Rose (Prod secretary)
  Robert E. Lee (Prod accountant)
  Eric P. Steckler (Prod accountant)
  Wendy M. Price (Prod accountant)
  Judith Schefke (Asst to the producers)
  Andrew M. Comins (Loc mgr)
  Robert Ballentine (Asst loc mgr)
  Ronni Chasen (Public relations)
  Robert Hoffman (Unit pub)
  Elyn S. Wright (Casting (Atlanta))
  Katherine Shaw (Researcher)
  J. L. Parker (Transportation coord)
  Cindy Parker (Transportation capt)
  James LaClair (Prod asst)
  Sean Swint (Prod asst)
  Jonathan Watson (Prod asst)
  Stroke T. Renigade (Prod asst)
  Bowen Astrop (Prod asst)
  Jeanne M. Hall (Greensperson)
  Tricia Sammons (Craft service)
  Mike Smith (Police coord)
  Greg Morse (Playback op)
  Tom S. Gunter (Scenic billboards by)
  Location Catering of the South, Inc. (Catering)
Stand In: Danny Mabry (Stunt double)
  Letha Perkins (Stand-in)
  Leon Watkins (Stand-in)
  B. J. Hughes (Stand-in)
  Colleen Hess (Stand-in)
  Lois Middlebrooks (Stand-in)
Color Personnel: Bob Putynkowski (Col timer)
  Tom Shaffer (Col timer)
  Cinefilm Laboratory, Inc., Atlanta (Processing by)
  Color by Technicolor (Processing)
MPAA Rating: PG
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "After The Ball" words and music by Charles K. Harris, published by Charles K. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.; "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)" written by Deek Watson and William Best, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, courtesy of MCA Records; "Jingle Bells" arranged and performed by Les Peel, courtesy of Capitol Production Music/Ole Georg; "Kiss Of Fire" written by Lester Allen and Robert Hill, performed by Louis Armstrong, courtesy of MCA Records; "Santa Baby" written by Tony Springer, Phil Spring and Joan Javits, performed by Eartha Kitt, courtesy of RCA Records; "Song To The Moon" (excerpt from the opera "Rusalka") composed by Antonín Dvorák, performed by Gabriela Benackova & the Czech Philharmonic, courtesy of Supraphon Int'l; "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" sung by Little Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Decatur, Georgia, Indra A. Thomas, Soloist"
Composer: Deek Watson
  William Best
  Lester Allen
  Antonín Dvorák
  Charles K. Harris
  Robert Hill
  Joan Javits
  Phil Spring
  Tony Springer
Source Text: Based on the play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (New York, 15 Apr 1987).
Authors: Alfred Uhry

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Brothers, Inc. 7/5/1990 dd/mm/yyyy PA465747

PCA NO: 29912
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Stereo in selected theatres
  Widescreen/ratio: 1.85:1
  Lenses: Lenses and Panaglide camera by Panavision

Genre: Comedy-drama

Note:        The following acknowledgments appear in the end credits for the film: "Our gratitude to: Factory location . . . Fulton Supply Company, Atlanta, Georgia; Darlin's Restaurant; Outdoor Today, Inc.; Irving Vendig, Creator-Writer, 'The Edge of Night'"
       It is also noted that: "'Driving Miss Daisy' was first produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons, New York City in 1987. It was subsequently produced by the Daisy Company in association with Playwrights Horizon Off-Broadway in 1987."

       The film received numerous honors, including Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium–Alfred Uhry; Best Makeup–Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber, Kevin Haney; Best Actress in a Leading Role–Jessica Tandy; and Best Picture–Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck; BAFTA Award for Best Actress–Jessica Tandy; and Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical–Morgan Freeman; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical–Jessica Tandy; and Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical.  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Los Angeles Times   13 Dec 1989   p. 6.
New York Times   13 Dec 1989   p. 13.
Variety   13 Dec 1989   p. 28.

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