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.
Per Viggo Mortensen's suggestion, the movie has no opening credits or title card. This immerses viewers in the action and makes them forget they're watching a film.
Dr. Don Shirley:
"Being genius is not enough, it takes courage to change people's hearts"
Tony criticizes Don for not being familiar with several black musicians whose music they hear on the radio while traveling, one of the artists being Aretha Franklin. By the fall of 1962 Aretha had had only six chart hits, none of which reached higher than #37, so it's doubtful that an Italian from the Bronx would have been very familiar with her music.
"Larry the Crow" gets a mention. This was an actual crow that Viggo Mortensen found injured near the set, and tried in vain to nurse back to health. He was no doubt named for Viggo's favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo (Lawrence in Spanish). The team nickname is "the Crows".
English, Italian, Russian, German
$320,429 (USA) (18 November 2018)
$20,372,326 (USA) (10 December 2018)
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