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This Oscar-winning film is based on the true story of musician Dr. Donald Shirley's tour of the south in 1962. He hired New York bouncer, Tony Vallelonga as a chauffeur/bodyguard. The relationship started out as an awkward business arrangement between the two men. No men could be more different in demeanor, background, and speech, yet they set off on a two-month trip together. Through the trials and tribulations of the journey, they see each other at their best and at their worst. They quickly develop mutual respect for the other's talents. The mutual respect evolves into a lifelong friendship.
The title of the movie refers to The Negro Motorist Green Book which was an indispensable companion for African Americans on road trips through southern states during the 1950s and 60s. Green Book won Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) at the 2019 Academy Awards. The film is not without controversy. Read the Time article to learn more.