Champagne Cinema: Fried Green Tomatoes
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TX 79416 USA
Jessica Tandy won the best actress Oscar for DRIVING MISS DAISY in 1989.
Kathy Bates took home the same prize the following year for MISERY. And, in
1991, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker were two of the most
promising leading ladies of their generation. Put these four powerhouses
performers together, and it’s no wonder FRIED GREEN TOMATOES was one of the
most popular films of its day.
Based on Fannie Flagg’s novel FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP
CAFE, director Jon Avnet’s film moves between two relationships taking
place more than half a century apart. In the modern-day storyline, unhappy
Alabama housewife Evelyn Couch (Bates) is surprised when she befriends and
bonds with elderly nursing home resident Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy), who
fascinates Evelyn with her tales of feisty, tomboyish Idgie Threadgoode
(Masterson) and her deep friendship with Ruth Jamison (Parker) during the
1920s and 1930s. The Whistle Stop Cafe, which Idgie and Ruth operated, was
an important place in their small town and, in addition to dishing up
delectable barbecue, the cafe’s employees cooked up a few major scandals as
Like HIDDEN FIGURES, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is one of those “surprise
sleepers” that focuses on the kinds of women typically ignored or pushed to
the sidelines in conventional Hollywood blockbusters. Audiences fell in
love with the quartet of central characters and the movie’s irresistible
combination of emotional drama, enduring love, and delightful humor. The
film also played a substantial role in bringing the title delicacy out of
Southern kitchens and into restaurants across the nation. Twenty-five years
later, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is still a treat.
To commemorate the arrival of CAPTAIN MARVEL, we’re celebrating GIRL POWER:
a series of films highlighting some of the best, brightest, most badass
women ever to grace the silver screen. Check out what else we have in store
here https://drafthouse.com/event/girl-power .