Green Book

Green Book

DVD - 2019
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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 were then 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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Byond
Oct 19, 2020

The film is entertaining and wrung a few tears; not all entertainment is wholesome.
The scenery and sound track both are candy. The two leads do wonders with cardboard characters.
On the positive side, many things in the movie are factual.
Don Shirley, often called doctor because of two honorary degrees, brought his classical chops to popular music. The Lip character likens him to Liberace; that's not far off. He sold his music mostly as jazz, 'The Water Boy' his biggest commercial hit.
It seems only one number performed by Shirley is included in the soundtrack, 'The Lonesome Road'; others from his repertoire are performed by Kris Bowers, who has done other movie work.

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dylankemp
Oct 13, 2020

Really very good.
A white man is paid to drive a black concert pianist around the deep south in the early 60s. Everyone learns something.
It's really cool. Great direction, really strong acting.
Recommend.

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ScorchingSun
Sep 23, 2020

Well written dialogue, tightly acerbic and often funny. Strong performances from Ali and Mortensen as an initially polar opposite odd couple urged by circumstances to walk in each other's shoes.
Unlike most tepid road trip movies, this one's unusually entertaining.

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sparklep1
Jul 29, 2020

If there were more than five stars to give, I would give it more! This has a blanket listing as a "comedy." Yes, it is charming, and has some humor. But it is so much more. Serious matter between two oh, so different friends. I recommend and again recommend Green Book.

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bethurston
May 28, 2020

This movie is well worth watching. Solidly delivering the inspiring, entertaining true story of the birth of the 50+ year friendship of 2 unlikely men. Set against the backdrop of the early 60's cultural climate it gets you seeing 2 perspectives coming to appreciation of each other.

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grieta
Apr 30, 2020

Excellent from start to finish! Of course there are cliches ... in a film of this nature and subject matter how could there not be? Still, the extraordinary writing and stellar performances overpower those little hash marks. Plus the story did not pander to the lowest common denominator of any race. Watched it twice in one day!! Highly, highly recommended.

ArapahoeCarina Apr 10, 2020

Italian American bouncer becomes a chauffeur of an eight-week concert tour of a talented, gifted, African American classical musician through the Midwest and deep South in the 1960's. In that journey they learn about each other, they support each other and they become friends. A relationship which grows between the educated and fine and the passionate and brute. Empathy. Inclusion. Friendship. Family. Love.

sjpl_javier Apr 04, 2020

This movie explores unlikely friendships, racism and homosexuality in the South during the time of "separate but equal" facilities.

Some articles have written this off as a "white savior" movie but Mahershala Ali portrays Dr. Donald Shirley solidly and he is the man in the position of power in a time and place where black men were not seen to be. The performances in this movie were definitely Oscar worthy.

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jnicolotti
Mar 30, 2020

Great movie!

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ddeally
Mar 01, 2020

Surprisingly entertaining. Quite enjoyable

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Aug 03, 2019

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vcc
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? "

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jimg2000
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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