Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) is an Italian bouncer from the Bronx. It’s 1962 in New York and Tony suddenly finds himself unemployed. Recommended for a job as a driver for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), Tony can’t pass up the good pay.
Dr. Shirley is a black piano virtuoso touring the Midwest and Deep South.
As Tony and Dr. Shirley get to know one another, they only see the others’ flaws. Dr. Shirley is an inflexible, over-educated diva, while Tony is seen as a crass, under-educated heavy.