Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. Written by
Author Fannie Flagg was good friends with Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. In the movie, Mrs. Threadgoode suggests Evelyn would be "good with cosmetics" - so she becomes a successful Mary Kay beauty consultant. See more »
In the beginning of the movie when Ed and Evelyn are lost at the Whistle Stop searching for their Aunt Vesta's retirement home and are looking on the map, Ed mistakenly calls Evelyn "Ruth". See more »
I hear they've got an assertive training class for southern women.
Of course that's a contradiction in terms.
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Well written and superbly acted it tugs at the heartstrings harder than almost any other movie. The way it sets up an obvious story line and then like a gentle roller-coaster suddenly takes you in another direction is unequalled in this type of film.
There are so many points of genuine sadness and whenever you think you have guessed the story you suddenly turn to find an outcome more surprising than you thought.
Major characters die, major characters do not "fall in love" and major characters are not allowed to cop-out; it is as a film should be.
Remarkable well written, produced with care and acted with understatement and love - it is a beautiful film.
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