Alfred Uhry (screenplay, source) DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) Archive


Np, 1989. Vintage original film script, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 22 cm.), self-wrappers, 109 pp. This is a rainbow script, initially noted as Second Draft and dated 11/15/88, and incorporating revisions from 3/14/88 up through 5/10/89 on eight different colors of paper. The script belonged to hair stylist Phil Leto, who has left markings and some annotations throughout the script. Bound with script is approximately 60 pp. shooting schedule. Laid in loosely is 11 pp. list of year breakdown (giving time frame of sequences from 1948 through 1973), a day breakdown, a seasonal breakdown, a breakdown of driving sequences and a vehicle breakdown. Overall near fine.

Driving Miss Daisy is a film directed by Bruce Beresford and adapted by Alfred Uhry from his play of the same name. It centers on a Jewish, widowed, retired schoolteacher (Jessica Tandy) and the relationship she gradually develops with an African American chauffeur (Morgan Freeman), who is hired by her son when her driving proves unreliable.

The film explores racism against African Americans and antisemitism in the South. After her synagogue is bombed, Miss Daisy realizes that she is also a victim of prejudice. American society is undergoing radical changes, and Miss Daisy attends a dinner at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives a speech. The film won a Best Movie Oscar.

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