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Driving Miss Daisy Music (Score)

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Music (Score)

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer, the award-winning composer of The Lion King and many Christopher Nolan films, took an unusual approach to Driving Miss Daisy. The film spans the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, so you might expect to hear Big Band era music or even some 60s rock. Instead, Zimmer, who had scored Rain Man the year before, went with the most popular instrument of the 1980s: the synthesizer.

Zimmer's electronic score has a Southern flavor but transcends any single time period. Driving Miss Daisy was nominated for many Academy Awards, but the score wasn't one of them.

However, the score works. It zips along just like that awesome '49 Hudson Commodore.

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