The movie spans a quarter century in the lives of its two characters, from 1948, when Miss Daisy's son decides it is time she stop driving herself and employ a chauffeur, to 1973, when two old people acknowledge the bond that has grown up between them. Daisy thinks she's enlightened and unprejudiced. Soon afterwards, she comes downstairs still in her nightgown and thinking she's a schoolteacher needing to find graded papers. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. On the way there, she indirectly offers Hoke to join her, but he is offended at her for doing it at the last minute and that times have not really changed all that much, despite her claim that they are. The car by this time is a shiny new 1949 Hudson, and Hoke somehow defuses the situation by making the car itself the subject, rather than himself.
Boolie catches on and realizes Hoke is really asking for a raise. I realize this is a question relating to the novel The … Great Gatsby. Mostly small talk, but they are enjoying each others company. Okay, we'll stop saying Piggly Wiggly now. Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1973. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. When Boolie calls back, Daisy tells him not to worry about coming over because Hoke is with her.
Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. She has discovered that Hoke is stealing from her—a can of salmon. She gives him the basics and he finds the grave. Her son calls to check on her and surprised at her kind comments about Hoke coming over to help and insults her for it. They hit a few detours, like when Miss Daisy accuses Hoke of stealing a can of salmon.
Suffering from dementia, Hoke calls Boolie to come over to help. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions. Also, the Reformed Jewish Temple was bombed in Atlanta on October 12, 1958, but it happened in this movie in 1966, probably as a preceder to the Martin Luther King speech about racism. Suffering from dementia, Hoke calls Boolie to come over to help. In the play's final segment, Daisy is ninety-seven and Hoke is eighty-five. On the telephone, Boolie tells Daisy he will be over as soon as the roads are clear.
This film is a good way to learn how to drive before getting into rush hour traffic. They are initially wary of each other, and Hoke puts up with the somewhat crotchety Miss Daisy with dignity. Instead, she attends the speech alone and Hoke sits in the car listening on the radio. It is the summer of 1951. Daisy, trying to regain her dignity, says goodbye to Boolie.
Hoke no longer drives; instead, he relies on his granddaughter to get around. Diving Miss Daisy 1989 won four 4 Oscars. But how about this: even though the film was criticized for its soft-focus, humorous, almost nostalgic look at the era of segregation, it tricks us into confronting our reactions to racism. Daisy hands him a book on calligraphy to help him practice on his writing, but assures it's not a Christmas present. This production starred as Miss Daisy, with as Hoke and Saul Rubinek as Boolie.
Her new cook Katie Bell did not write it down, but told her to buy it another hint of illiteracy common among blacks. After so many movies in which shallow and violent people deny their humanity and ours, what a lesson to see a film that looks into the heart. A stern reminder of how dangerous it was for minorities to travel back then. Hoke lays his foot down that he needs to go and that he's almost 70 years old and doesn't need to be treated like a nobody or a child. She is afraid of giving herself the airs of a rich person, even though Boolie is paying Hoke's salary.
He tells Boolie how much he enjoys being fought over. Maybe she's starting to understand that he isn't just her servant, but he's a person too? Mostly small talk, but they are enjoying each others company. Oscar, an employee of Boolie's is stuck in the freight elevator at the textile mill. But she needs a chauffeur and he needs the job and should just leave it at that. Her son calls to check on her and surprised at her kind comments about Hoke coming over to help and insults her for it.
This production was filmed and broadcast on. In the final scene, Miss Daisy is in a nursing home for increasing memory loss; but is lucid enough to tell Hoke, who has come to visit her, that he is her best friend. Over the years, Daisy and her dusty bulbs warm to Hoke. Hoke continues to drive for Daisy. A short time later, Daisy is prepared for a long journey to Mobile, Alabama to celebrate her brother Walter's 90th birthday. Afterwards, Hoke takes Daisy to the Reform Jewish temple she regularly attends.