Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), and receiving more nominations than any other movie that year, this is the touching tale of an unusual quarter-century friendship between an eccentric elderly Southern Jewish matron and her loyal, black chauffeur. Starring Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman (MILLION DOLLAR BABY, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) and Dan Aykroyd (GHOSTBUSTERS), co-starring Patti Lupone (TV's "Life Goes On") and Esther Rolle (TV's "Good Times") and directed by Bruce Beresford (TENDER MERCIES). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
Won: Best Picture, Best Writing - Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Tandy), Best Makeup, 1990 Academy Awards
Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Freeman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Aykroyd), Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, 1990 Academy Awards
Alfred Uhry's adaptation of his Pulitzer-prizewinning play aspires more to complex observation of human behavior than to simple moralism about it. Precisely because it has its priorities straight, it succeeds superbly on both levels. -- Richard Schickel, TIME