What do you remember about the movie Driving Miss Daisy?



By: J. Reinoehl

4 Min Quiz

Image: Zanuck Company, The (as A Zanuck Company Production) Allied Filmmakers (uncredited) Majestic Films International

About This Quiz

Driving Miss. Daisy won four Academy Awards and was nominated for nine. It originally opened on December 15, 1989, in limited theaters but was released widely the following month. How well do you remember Driving Miss Daisy? Find out by taking the quiz below.

A commercial for which product played on the radio as the movie began?

"Yes, ma'am. Pepsodent's new improved formula cleans teeth whiter than ever."


In which city did Driving Miss Daisy mostly take place?

Although the real Werthan Packaging was located in Nashville, TN, Miss Daisy lived in Atlanta, and the author set the movie in the Georgian city. The packaging company initially began by recycling burlap bags, then moved to cotton and finally, plastic. It started the transition to paper too late and filed for bankruptcy, pending a sale to a competitor in 2016.


Finish the quote "I had the air-conditioning checked. ______________________."

"I had the air-conditioning checked. I don't know what for; you never allow me to turn it on."


What is the name of Boolie's wife?

Patti LuPone (born April 21, 1949) who played Boolie's wife, Florine. She is best known for her Broadway acting, such as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Fantine in Les Miserables, and Eva Peron in Evita.


What type of car did Miss Daisy wreck?

"Mama, cars don't behave. Cars are behaved upon. The fact is, you demolished that Chrysler all by yourself.."


What form of transportation did Miss Daisy resolve to use prior to her son hiring a chauffeur?

Atlanta introduced trackless trolleys in 1937. The traditional streetcars were phased out in 1949. New Streetcars were reintroduced to Atlanta in 2014 with a limited network.


Why did Hoke stop working for Judge Stone?

"I worked for Judge Harold Stone ... seven years. I'd still be there if he didn't up and die.


From which cultural heritage was Miss Daisy's family?

Miss Daisy comes from a Jewish-German culture that puts her on the edge of racism. Although she only infrequently experiences the inequalities Hoke lives with on a daily basis, her heritage serves as one of the connecting points between the two characters.


What modern invention did Idella refuse to use?

"Where's the new vacuum cleaner?" "In the closet … It gives me a shock every time I'm near it."


The screenplay was based on a play of the same name written by whom?

Alfred Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is best known for his historical plays. Driving Miss Daisy is the first of a trilogy he set in Atlanta. It is based on the life of his grandmother and her chauffeur.


What was one chore Hoke did while he was waiting for Miss Daisy to use him the first time?

"What are you doing?" "Dusting the bulbs, Miss Daisy."


What game did Miss Daisy and her friends get together to play?

Mahjong originated during the Qing dynasty in China. It is similar to rummy but played with tiles instead of cards. The game came to the United States in the 1920s.


Where was the first place Hoke took Miss Daisy in the car?

"I know. I'm fixing to go to the Piggly Wiggly on the trolley."


Which actor portrayed Hoke Colburn?

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) was born in Memphis, TN, moved to Mississippi, and then lived in Indiana and Illinois while growing up. In addition to playing Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, other notable roles include Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory and Red in The Shawshank Redemption,


When Miss Daisy told him to slow down, how fast was Hoke going on the road with a 35 mph speed limit?

"No, Miss Daisy, no. We're only going about 19 miles an hour." "I like to go under the speed limit."


Why did Hoke get in trouble when he took Miss Daisy to the temple?

Miss Daisy felt her friends would think she was showing off because Hoke unknowingly parked in front of the temple door. The home filmed as hers is located at 822 Lullwater Rd., Atlanta, Georgia, and it was chosen because it had not been updated much since it was built in the 1920s.


How many cans of salmon did Miss Daisy believe Hoke stole?

"There were only eight cans of salmon. I had nine!"


Why did Hoke say he couldn't put the flowers on the grave for Miss Daisy?

By 1900, when Hoke would have been about 12, about 50% of the black males in the South could read, as opposed to 75% of white males. Although education in the South improved post-Civil War, it was not instant, and it focused mainly on younger people.


What did Miss Daisy give Hoke as a non-Christmas present?

"Well, look at that. Ain't nobody never give me a book before. Zaner Method Writing."


Which character did Dan Aykroyd portray?

Dan Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952) is best known for his work on the television show Saturday Night Live, which led to his co-starring role in The Blues Brothers movie. In addition to playing Mr. Werthan, he was also in Ghostbusters, My Girl, and another SNL spinoff, Coneheads.


What was the make of the car Boolie traded in for the Cadillac?

"Well, the Hudson's a good car. I guess nobody know that better than you."


What was not a way the producer and director showed time passing?

The director preferred more subtle references to time passing, such as changes in Florine's kitchen and clothing. They did not use intertitles.


What happened the first time Miss Daisy and Hoke stopped along the side of the road in Alabama?

"Hey, boy! … What you think you're doing with this car?" "This is my car, officer."


Why did Hoke pull over on the side of the road the last time in Alabama?

Separate but equal did not always mean there was a separate facility. Frequently, places like gas stations would only have one restroom, and that is why Hoke could not use it there.


Why didn't Boolie go to the birthday party with Miss Daisy?

"I cannot go to Mobile with you. I have to go to New York for the convention."


How much money did Hoke ask for from Boolie when Sinclair Harris tried to hire him?

Based on the Coca-Cola slogan on a sign in the background, this would have taken place in 1957. At that time, the average pay was about $70 per week, so $75 would have been better than average.


Where did Hoke get Miss Daisy's coffee after the ice storm?

"I figured your stove was out, so I stopped by the Krispy Kreme. I know you got to have coffee in the morning."


Why did Idella spill the peas?

Idella was played by actress Esther Elizabeth Rolle (November 8, 1920—November 17, 1998). Born in the United States to Bahamians, she got her break playing the housekeeper, Florida Evans, on the 1970s series, Maude, and then later as the same character in Good Times.


What award did Boolie win?

"Thank you all. I am deeply grateful to be chosen as 1966 Man of the Year by the Atlanta Business Council.


Who played Miss Daisy?

Jessica Tandy (June 7, 1909—September 11, 1994) died of ovarian cancer. She had continued working until her death. She was in two movies, Camilla and Nobody's Fool, that were released after she passed away.


Why did Hoke refuse to go in with Miss Daisy to listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.?

"The invitation to this here dinner come in the mail a month ago. Now if did be you wanted me to go with you, how come you wait till we in the car and on the way before you asked me?"


What caused the traffic jam?

On October 12, 1958, a load of fifty sticks of dynamite exploded at about 3:00 AM inside the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, also known as the Temple. Jacob Rothschild was the senior rabbi and a noted supporter of civil rights. Although government leaders, and the editor of the Atlantic Constitution newspaper spoke against those who had committed the action, of the five men arrested, one was acquitted and the other four released without trial.


Finish the famous Martin Luther King quote found in the movie, "History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but _____________."

"History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people."


How old was Jessica Tandy when she received an Academy Award for portrayal of Miss Daisy?

At 81, Jessica Tandy was the oldest actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Driving Miss Daisy. The film also won Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Makeup. It was nominated for -- but did not win -- Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing.


What was Miss Daisy looking for that makes Hoke and her son decide to put her in a home?

"Hoke, what did you do with my papers? … My papers! I had them all corrected last night, and I put them right where I wouldn't forget them on my way to school."


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