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
In 2019, as one of many events during the yearlong celebration of the Alabama Bicentennial (the 200th anniversary of Alabama statehood), the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance presented a staged reading of the screenplay for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Presented with the permission of Fannie Flagg and NBCUniversal Pictures, the reading was directed by UA theatre professor Kelley Schoger and performed by theatre students. The event program credited the screenplay to Fannie Flagg and Jon Avnet (omitting Carol Sobieski, who died while writing the first draft but who nonetheless received onscreen credit and an Oscar nomination as co-screenwriter; and adding the film's director, who reportedly did some uncredited work on the script). Although in 2005 there was a press release announcing that Broadway producer Jeffrey Finn had optioned Flagg's novel for a stage adaptation, neither that version nor any other professional stage adaptation of the material has ever materialized. See more »
When Evelyn was knocking out the wall in her house she was using a sledgehammer with a long handle but when Ed comes in the sledgehammer was smaller and the handle was shorter. See more »
This is a film you are bound to fall in love with. All of its characters feel real, intense, reaching out to touch with their passion and the film's nostalgic feel.
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. The film is very emotional, never maudlin, never disrespecting any of its components or the audience. It allows us to feel we are part of a world that might not exist anymore. What I like most about the film is how it embraces a passion for living.
There is much to be admired about the technical aspects of the film as well. It travels back and forth in time, with a structure that is hard to describe but a joy to watch as it shows how the main relationships were born, developed, and eventually were transformed into something more spiritual. The music is haunting and quite suitable to the delicate relationships, and the photography makes everyone and everything lovely, dreamlike at times.
The film will live on and will eventually be regarded as a classic. It deserves it so.
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