Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy DVD

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Great Performances: Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. Four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines reprises his Broadway role as ... More
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Great Performances: Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy

Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. Four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines reprises his Broadway role as Daisy's son Boolie Werthan.

Recorded in Australia at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Uhry's classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture's most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. This iconic tale of pride, changing times, and the transformative power of friendship has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.

Producer: John Frost
Production Year: 2015
Copyright Year: 2013
Director: David Esbjornson, Peter Ots
Actors: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines
Talent: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones
Writers: Alfred Uhry
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English
DVI: N
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Whitney
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Driving Miss Daisy
Review by Whitney on 07/17/20 review stating Driving Miss Daisy
Wonderful!
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Mc
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great Performance wish there was more.
Review by Mc on 07/17/20 review stating Great Performance wish there was more.
With such great actors, how can it be but perfect.
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English A.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
wonderful production
Review by English A. on 07/17/20 review stating wonderful production
A sparse stage focused all of the attention on the 3 characters who were superb. I was sorry when the play ended.
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Toto's M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Charming!
Review by Toto's M. on 07/17/20 review stating Charming!
These two wonderful actors are simply delightful to watch! I loved the movie version with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, so I knew Id love this as well! Great acting by veteran actors.
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Tony
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Driving Miss Daisy
Review by Tony on 07/17/20 review stating Driving Miss Daisy
The PBS selection is great! I get nothing but the best of service from PBS.
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Ladyhawke2347
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Master Acting Class
Review by Ladyhawke2347 on 07/17/20 review stating Master Acting Class
Just to watch the close-ups of the faces of these fine actors who internalize the characters and how time and events affect them, is a Master Class in Acting.
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Marysia
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
MULTIPLE MULTIPLE 5-STAR!!!!!
Review by Marysia on 07/17/20 review stating MULTIPLE MULTIPLE 5-STAR!!!!!
An incredible play with incredible performers!!!! These old pros know their craft and still continue to share their talents with us! Thank you PBS for recording this stage performance so they may be with us forever!!! Ms. Lansbury and Mr. Jones are great, great actors, and Mr. Gaines not only holds his own, but interacts between both beautifully, creating a seamless continuity in the story line. Mr. Uhry has much to be proud of.
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Purrs P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A vastly veracious vehicle
Review by Purrs P. on 07/17/20 review stating A vastly veracious vehicle
An honest look into culture and how good people are often misled by it. We are like sponges, soaking up what we see and hear. By the time we reach adulthood much has been accepted without questioning the truth of it. This shows us all the need to look at people as individuals, not as members of a class. It was very frank without being nasty, yet showed how nasty society can be. A wonderful study of personalities, excellently interpreted by the cast. They truly brought the characters to life. I laughed, cried, applauded, approved and disapproved of their actions, but above all, I learned. This will be watched many, many times. Once again, thank you PBS.
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Jz
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
EXCELLENT!
Review by Jz on 07/17/20 review stating EXCELLENT!
OMG. We saw this on PBS it was excellent. We will purchase this on DVD as gifts one for ourselves.
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Pearl
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Classic Cant Be Beat
Review by Pearl on 07/17/20 review stating Classic Cant Be Beat
This production of Driving Miss Daisy should be part of everyones DVD collection; great acting, great script, wonderful direction and a stellar production.
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Ladyhawke2347
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Masters Acting Class!
Review by Ladyhawke2347 on 07/17/20 review stating Masters Acting Class!
Ordered multiple copies because of theatre-loving friends. This Australian version is not to be missed. Camera angles are so close you can read the characters mind on the faces on two of the great living legends of English-speaking theatre. Lansbury is still a character and James Earl Jones understands the subtext. Fabulous performances...I am a semi pro director.
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Granny
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Thanks
Review by Granny on 07/17/20 review stating Thanks
Was so lucky to find this at your site after wataching it one night on PBS. Couldnt believe how this show was able to follow the theme and feelings of the original movie. Was so pleased to find the DVD and looking for a birthday gift that was out of the ordinary. This will do it
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Pooh B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
UNBELIEVABLY GREAT PERFORMANCE!!!
Review by Pooh B. on 07/17/20 review stating UNBELIEVABLY GREAT PERFORMANCE!!!
This play (Driving Miss Daisy) was the BEST performance I have seen in years and I just had to have the DVD. I will definitely watch it over and over again and highly recommend it.
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Bryon A.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Driving Miss Daisy
Review by Bryon A. on 07/17/20 review stating Driving Miss Daisy
This special Broadway performance of Driving Miss Daisy is one not to be missed. It should be in your permanent DVD collection of great performances . It is something you will want to watch again and again . Theater tickets are so expensive in these times. When you watch this play you get all of the fun and excitement of watching a live production without leaving your home. It is nothing short of spectacular .
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Jim C.
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Sturdy vehicle showing signs of wear
Review by Jim C. on 07/17/20 review stating Sturdy vehicle showing signs of wear
Its a pleasure to see stage icons Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in the roles of Daisy and Hoke. The production itself is the problem, and Alfred Uhrys slender but affecting play wasnt well served the overstuffed Broadway production that originally starred Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. The slide projections, bits and pieces of a set and moving car pieces are distracting. A lot of the intimacy I recall from the stage production I saw with Julie Harris (wonderful!) and Brock Peters in the leads is absent. Jones is better at re-creating Hoke in his own image. Lansbury tends to fall back on familiar mannerisms in the role.
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Brent P.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Theatre History
Review by Brent P. on 07/17/20 review stating Theatre History
This play is theatre history captured on film! To see two greats like Jones and Lansbury still acting in their 80s is amazing! This is a phenomenal cast, and I recommend it to all!
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Flamingo G.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Brilliant retelling of a favorite classic
Review by Flamingo G. on 07/17/20 review stating Brilliant retelling of a favorite classic
Daisy has always been one of my favorite stage plays, and the great Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones are both flawless in their performances.
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Retired
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
WONDERFUL !
Review by Retired on 07/17/20 review stating WONDERFUL !
The cast did a beautiful job, and we enjoyed it VERY much !!!!!


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