PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Despite being filmed in Louisiana, the winter storm scenes were real. Viggo Mortensen convinced Peter Farrelly and the crew to put in some overtime on the hunch that there was snow in the air. To their surprise, it kept falling and accumulated. They put in a lot of overtime, and were able to cancel a later shoot planned to capture snow scenes in Minnesota.
It's like what your friend the President said, "Ask not... Your country, what you could do for it. Ask what you do for yourself." Y'know?
Tony talks to the stage manager in Indiana and complains about the piano not being a Steinway. Tony mentions Dr. Shirley's name and tells him he is the performer. The stage manager says "who is that?" and then makes a racial slur a few seconds later, but no one told him Dr. Shirley was black.
This does seem to be an error, but it's possible the stage manager didn't know the name of the person performing, but DID know that it was a black man. So, saying, "Who's that?" but using a racial slur moments later is entirely feasible.
Real-life photos of Dr. Donald Shirley and Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, and a few insights into their life after the events in the movie, are shown before the credits roll.
English, Italian, Russian, German
$5,501,520 (USA) (21 November 2018)
$85,080,171 (USA) (2 May 2019)
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