Have you ever watched a movie so many times, that it becomes embedded into you? You know every line and all the characters, as if it had all really happened to your life? Fried Green Tomatoes is one of those movies for me. Also, I think you will be surprised at the "real" connections my family has to the film.
Fannie Flag wrote a book about a peculiar little town called whistlestop. The newspaper has a fit about a comet falling from the sky, and all of the locals are in a dither. I live not ten minutes from there. It's in Irondale Alabama. Just a few months ago I ate in the cafe again. Its a neat place with home cooked vegitables and your choice of two meats. (Big spenders add pie.)
My Aunt Ida Hathcock was one of the afore mentioned peculiar citizens. She had some whopper stories, let me tell you. But according to her, all true. Crazy bulls that pinned people to walls - fireblazin' preachers that saw the world as the lake of fire, judging at will - (While they cheated on their wives behind the church). She was a hoot. I say all that to say, she knew the original characters Miss Flagg wrote the book about... Moonshine and all. How few are the treasured stories that remain.
The Film is one of my favorites. And is easily the best "chick-flick" ever made in my opinion. Thats not just because of my relation to the stories, I had seen the movie atleast twenty times before the connection was made about Aunt Ida.
Ninny is a lady in a nursing home that sees poor Evelyn crying her eyes out on the flower patterned love-seat, looking aweful, scarfing down candy bars. Ninny, seeing an opportunity to help the poor woman, sinks the hook of a great story, leading Evelyn to pry deeper. Ninny, "Just sit there, and I'll tell you all about it." Murder, conspiracy, true love amongst friends, racism, loss and hope are just a few subjects skimming the surface of this wonderful tale. I love it.
I could write a book, scene by scene, on the different takes and angles I have on this film. But, now is not the day for that. I'll think about that tomorrow. (-S.O.)
If there is one great moral to the story, it is the one that I have learned with my Great Aunt Ida. These people live, they have wonderful adventures, touch the world, then pass. In scripture it says to seek councel from the wise. Maybe listening to a few whopper tales wouldn't hurt either. (Sir Adam of Scots)
There are films that linger in memory for the warmth they exude and the impression they leave. So it is with the now 15 year old film FRIED GREEN TOMATOES based on the novel 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' by Fannie Flagg and arranged for the screen by that author. This is a film that explores racism, feminism, respect for the elderly, women's rights, and so very much more in a manner that is infectious to watch repeatedly and defies forgetting. Told on two … more
Pros: Great cast Cons: ...... While on a visit to the rest home with her husband to visit his aunt, Evelyn (Kathy Bates) meets up with Ninny (Jessica Tandy), well known for her stories. Since the aunt hates Evelyn, she is also stuck in the waiting room and therefore gets to spend a lot of time with Ninny and her remarkable memories of times past. Flashing back we find Mary Stuart Masterson as the owner and operator of the … more
Kathy Bates stars as an unhappy wife trying to get her husband's attention in this amusing and moving 1991 screen adaptation of Fannie Flagg's novelFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. After befriending a lonely old woman (Jessica Tandy), Bates hears the story of a lifelong friendship between two other women (Mary Stuary Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker, seen in flashback) who once ran a cafe in town against many personal odds. The tale inspires Bates to take further command over her life, and there director Jon Avnet (Up Close and Personal), in his first feature, has fun with the film. Bates develops a real attitude toward her thickheaded spouse at home and some uppity girls in a parking lot, but dignity is generally the key to Avnet's approach with the story's crucial relationships. Tandy is a joy and clearly loves the element of mystery attached to her character, and Masterson and Parker are excellent in the historical sequences.--Tom Keogh