Monday, December 25, 2023

Fried Green Tomatoes

The 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes was based on Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It concerns women finding their power in a tiny town in Alabama. The story is told by Ninny Threadgoode 50 years later, so part of the story concerns different people in 1980s Birmingham. The star-studded cast includes Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Cicely Tyson.

1 comment:

Marco McClean said...

It was so long ago. What sticks in my mind from then is someone in real life actually frying green tomatoes, because of the title, to try it, and also there's the part in the film where Buddy gets his high-laced-up boot wedged in a train track, can't get his foot out of it, and the train is coming. That's as clear as anything anywhere in my memory: that part in that one film: the main-character little white-blonde girl shriek-screaming, "/BUDDY!/"

Some other moments like that from films, that come back again and again, and might have saved my life and/or somebody else's: The accident scene in Adaptation, that plays in my head every time I back out into a street. The part in Short Cuts where Lily Tomlin is inattentive for /just an instant/ and hits the little boy with her car. That sort of thing.