I was little then and didn't know what I was missing. They are all gone now, and it is like what happened after the time of Homer, when the last of the bards died. This is a truly redeeming experience. Idgie, who is a hopeless cook, cannot prepare them, so Ruth has to do it. If they ever wondered why they chose their profession, this film is why. I won't belabor more than others have written so well.
Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper on another plate. Idgy was there for Ruth until the day she died. This is a film you will cherish. It makes you want to live in Whistle Stop and check out the menu at the Whistle Stop Cafe! It is absolutely magical storytelling with a stellar cast and beautifully written characters that never fade from memory. However, at heart, 'Fried Green Tomatoes' is about friendship. This movie might easily pass you by.
I have just seen this wonderful film for the third time, after many years, and it is such a classic, and has not lost any of its interest or appeal. Just imagine how many bacon fat molecules survive in the crystalline interstices of the cast iron after those centuries of use every morning. While I love this film, and have seen it a dozen times at least, the maturing of my mind since the first time I saw it as a teen in 1991, have made me take a second look at this stunningly acted film about love, friendship, devotion and racial issues in a multiple decade look at women's roles in society. Then dip the tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. That neither was recognized in the conventional way for their performances is unfortunate which is an understatement.
It contains some of my favorite performances of all time: Masterson, Parker, Tandy, and Bates give their very best, bringing two life fictional women who feel real, strong, and powerful. Also, it's the classic scenario of portraying the housewife Evelyn as unfulfilled without a job outside the home. The directing is well done, and the story is very good. Evelyn Couch Kathy Bates , an overweight, repressed housewife, meets and befriends Ninny Threadgoode Jessica Tandy , a remarkable octogenarian. This is definitely an engaging, amusing, and moving film. Sound-engineers seldom receive the recognition they deserve.
Cicely Tyson is good here too, a very brave and fearless character. I don't know how you spell her name. Their story is full of love, pain, pathos, loss, tragedy, and joy. However, it is made possible, in large part, by the performances of Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker in what should have been billed as the lead roles. Throughout the film people keep tasting them to see if they are up to standard. While racism was tolerated then, those who tolerated such behavior were portrayed in a negative light, as they should've been. She plays an old-timer in the American South, who tells stories of the bigotry she encountered during her youth in the 1930s.
The subtext is that Idgy and Ruth are lesbian partners, though the film never shows anything that would make that clear. Told on two levels, the film is narrated by the elderly Ninny Threadgoode a luminous Jessica Tandy who idles away her hours in her nursing home with stories about her childhood she shares with the sad, obese, emotionally fragile Evelyn Kathy Bates whose life of misery is slowly corrected by Ninny's tales of how two women in the past overcame impossible odds. I liked it's sense of humor, but it is kind of sad at times in the movie. I was somewhat skeptical the first time I saw it because I adored the book and I knew there were some changes, but I found the essence of Fannie Flagg's fabulous novel in tact. It shape shifts you and draws you in. I think this story tells a wonderful story about a friendship that will never die.
The women open a cafe, and the husband returns. This is truly a beautiful film. It is a choice bit of film-making and one that deserves a place in every film lover's library. I want to thank all the marvelous actors. However, I am ashamed to say that I have never fried any green tomatoes, which is doubtless a great personal failing of mine.
I made me laugh Evenlyn's husband asking her how she could accidentally hit another car a dozen times and it made me cry. The dreary interior of an unhappy home or the mildness of a sunlit summer-evening carry such authentic presence that one can almost feel the chill of anger, the sweetness of the season. But when the women insist on serving Big George at the cafe, the local Klansmen get riled, and when Ruth's evil husband disappears and is assumed murdered, the lynch mob decides Big George was the killer. The old woman is played equally brilliantly by the famous Jessica Tandy, veteran of a lifetime of superlative achievements in both stage and screen. This is such an awesome movie. Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. I have just seen this wonderful film for the third time, after many years, and it is such a classic, and has not lost any of its interest or appeal.
This movie is beyond anything that I have ever viewed in my entire life. Those who think or like to think that things were hunky-dory in this country before the 1960s and think that this was a nation filled with solid marriages until then will not be comforted by this movie, as it shows that spousal abuse and other problems that we associate with modern life existed in the 1930s as well. Idgy never married or dated and Ruth never remarried. An added bonus of the film is Kathy Bates, whose acting is always first-rate. Fannie told me she had wanted to perform under her own real name of Patricia Neal, but was told by her agent or manager, I believe, that she could not do that because there was a famous film actress of that name already, so she invented the name Fannie Flagg for herself. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely coat.