DRIVING MISS DAISY (PBS)

DRIVING MISS DAISY (PBS) 1

“Driving Miss Daisy” is a 90 minute presentation of the classic play staged for the Comedy Theater in Australia. Inspired casting allows James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury to put their spin on characters made classic by Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Sure, Uhry’s play wasn’t always in their capable hands, but their performances created a shadow that loomed large over all that would come later. But, this staging allows the acting to thrive while the set is minimal.

Playing closer to the relationship and less to the era, we see a Daisy Werthan as a dying relic of the past. She is scared of the fact that her station is vanishing, while so many voices around her get representation. Daisy understands their struggle now, but still fears losing so many memories and friends. James Earl Jones portrays Hoke Colburn as a kind soul willing to suffer the whining of an old lady. He knows she’s scared, but he wants to be her final friend as the autumn of her years comes to a close. The DVD comes with no special features.

Release Date: 9/29/15

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