Inspired by a true friendship

"You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity."

Dr. Don Shirley

Green Book

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Peter Farrelly directs Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali in a dramatic, but still warmly comic film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

When Frank Anthony Vallelonga (Mortensen), aka “Tony Lip”, a New York City bouncer from an Italian American neighborhood in The Bronx, is hired to drive and protect Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class African American pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book—a travel guide to safe lodging, dining and business options for African Americans during the era of segregation and Jim Crow laws—to steer them to places where Shirley will not be refused service, humiliated, or threatened with violence. Set against the backdrop of a country grappling with the valor and volatility of the Civil Rights movement, the two men will be confronted with racism and danger, and be comforted by generosity, kindness and humor. Together, they will challenge long-held assumptions, push past their seemingly insurmountable differences, and embrace their shared humanity. What begins as two-month journey of necessity will establish a friendship that will endure for the rest of their lives.

The DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures release was warmly received and honored with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) People’s Choice Award ahead of the movie’s theatrical run.

The film's recognition rolled out to prove not only an audience favorite, but an award season standout, with five Academy Award nominations, for which it won Best Picture of the Year, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ali), and Best Original Screenplay, and five Golden Globe nominations, for which it won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ali), and Best Screenplay.

About the Film

Green Book (2018) Movie Poster

About the Film

CAST
  • VIGGO MORTENSEN,
  • MAHERSHALA ALI,
  • LINDA CARDELLINI
DIRECTOR
  • PETER FARRELLY
SCREENWRITERS
  • NICK VALLELONGA,
  • BRIAN CURRIE,
  • PETER FARRELLY
PRODUCERS
  • JIM BURKE,
  • BRIAN HAYES CURRIE,
  • PETER FARRELLY,
  • NICK VALLELONGA,
  • CHARLES B. WESSLER,
  • J.B. ROGERS,
  • OCTAVIA SPENCER
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • SEAN PORTER
PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • TIM GALVIN
COSTUMES
  • BETSY HEIMANN
EDITOR
  • PATRICK J. DON VITO
COMPOSER
  • KRIS BOWERS
AWARDS
  • ACADEMY AWARDS: BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR, BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR (MAHERSHALA ALI), BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY