Green Book

Green Book

DVD - 2019
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In 1962, when Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that are safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Inspired by a true friendship.


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Best Picture: 2019...
Actor in a supporting role: Mahershala Ali... Original Screenplay...Sound Mixing

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Jan 26, 2020

Excellent movie. Educational and entertaining. Acting well done, story line doesn't lag anywhere. We laughed out loud a few times and more than once were shocked by what was happening in terms of social justice. Well worth a viewing.

Jan 19, 2020

Wonderful film.

Jan 18, 2020

Excellent movie & acting!!

Jan 16, 2020

I'd put off seeing this film for fear of ...what? I don't know. Glad a succumbed to the wide perspective of cultures. Divisions among all ethnic groups is alive and well. The first 15 minutes I had my doubts, ready to press reject due to the nature of Italian East Coast goombas, the arguing & bravado. After that it was great. I am a fan of both actors, so raves to Viggio for disappearing into this role. Ali, what's to be said? He's superb, a joy to watch.

The piano playing was brilliant. Lots of deep laughs when Tony describes dinner spaghetti/meatballs as tasting like ketchup over Chinese noodles' I had to pause the DVD to get over the laughter. Been there. Years past this great divide and it still exists makes the film even more relevant. Don Shirley was one amazing man, sadly, very isolated.

Dec 30, 2019

Unique enriching story; thought provoking. Both lead actors disappeared into their characters completely - good acting. The piano playing was top quality.

Dec 26, 2019

A great movie!

Dec 17, 2019

This movie is absolutely great, and I think to own it.
I’m so glad I have ignored to follow the negative comments

Dec 17, 2019

I hate these feel-good self-congratulatory "Look how enlightened and tolerant we are compared to the awful, awful people of our parents' generation" themes beating you over the head in movies recently, so I'm deducting one star for that. It still gets 5 stars because it's just that good, the pacing, the chemistry of the actors, the simplicity of the story, the music, it's all perfect. Not a single word out of place. I recommend this to anyone, especially anybody who is tired of superhero movies and dumbed-down fluff and movies of inferior quality, but also everyone else.

Dec 16, 2019

After spending what seems like a lifetime of watching movies, last night "Green Book" brought the magic of films into our living room. The movie captured us and took back in time. We were now experiencing a unique jazz artist. In his life you can see your own in ways that you never thought were possible. Don Shirley created unique uncompromising jazz that was recognized by only a few. Few music fans even today know of him or have heard his recordings. "Green Street" shows us the man, the struggles, the joys and his accomplishments. My family is a better family from having watched "Green Street"!

Dec 11, 2019

I agree with isaachar that this movie seems similar to the movie called Driving Miss Daisy. I liked the Green Book because it deals with race relations in the U.S. This movie focuses more with the main characters acting and not on the computer graphics interface/special effects. Also, I think both men helped each other. Tony helped Dr. Shirley with the incidents dealing with the police officers. Likewise, Dr. Shirley helped Tony write vivid and romantic letters of correspondence. ****In the movie, my favorite part is where Tony is eating and then he just tosses his trash on the highway. Tony says that the squirrels in the wild take the trash and bury it. But, Dr. Shirley has Tony put the car in reverse and makes Tony pick up the trash that Tony just tossed out of the car. In short, the movie is entertaining because it has comedy, drama, romance, and a budding friendship.

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Aug 03, 2019

A powerful quote, sourced from IMDB :

"Yes, I live in a castle, Tony! Alone. And rich white people pay me to play piano for them because it makes them feel cultured. But as soon as I step off that stage, I go right back to being just another nigger to them. Because that is their true culture. And I suffer that slight alone, because I'm not accepted by my own people 'cause I'm not like them, either. So, if I'm not black enough and if I'm not white enough and if I'm not man enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I? "

Mar 23, 2019

31 quotes in IMDb, thanks to the contributors.

This quote (in IMDb) turns the direction of the film to be an inspirational comedy:

Tony Lip: You know, when you first hired me, my wife went out and bought one of your records. The one about the orphans?

Dr. Don Shirley: Orphans?

Tony Lip: Yeah. Cover had a bunch of kids sittin' around a campfire?

Dr. Don Shirley: Orpheus.

Tony Lip: ...Yeah.

Dr. Don Shirley: Orpheus in the Underworld. It's based on a French opera. And those weren't children on the cover, those were demons in the bowels of Hell.

Tony Lip: No shxt! They must've been naughty kids!


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