Fried Green Tomatoes (DVD, 1998, Collector's Edition; Extended Version)
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Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/23/1992)
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- michelangelo147...Jul 8, 2006by
Kathy Bates & Jessica Tandy Tell a Fanny Flagg Tale
Fanny Flagg composed this best-selling novel, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe'. Making it into this all-star classic production had to have been a given. Flagg's characters had to be portrayed.
Kathy Bates plays Evelyn Couch, an overweight, taken-for-granted-housewife, who happens to visit Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) in a rural Georgia nursing home. Threadgoode esteems Couch with her inspiring tales of two (presumed lesbian) women Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary Louise Parker) whose love surpasses 1930's Southern bigotry and discrimination due to racial, gender, and sexual supremacism.
The elderly Threadgoode's woman empowering story told to Couch builds up to Bates delivering a classic line in the film when a Volkswagen of twinky teenie boppers cuts her off from the parking space Couch has been waiting for. Couch (Bates) rams her car into theirs until she shoves it literally out of the parking space. Then looks out of her car window flippantly at the astonished girls saying, "I'm older and have more insurance!" Bates has me both laughing hysterically and crying in sobs. So I say she steals the show from a star cast of women. But with Tandy, Masterson, Tyson, and Parker all playing rather equal roles, that's my personal critique. Each actor delivers magnificent in-character performances. The script and the story are truly brilliant.
Mary Stuart Masterson (Idgie Threadgoode) plays a typical soft butch and protective woman of Mary Louise Parker (Ruth) an abused femme mother. Idgie rescues Ruth and the two women live, work, and love together until death do they part. Theirs is an understated marriage in every sense of the meaning marriage. Especially when compared with the straight one that Bates (Couch) has. The lesbianism is not overt--but to one with a savvy social conscience it is a very typical 1930's US Georgia same-gender love partnership that lasts a lifetime and through many a hardship.
I'd say one of the best films of the late 20th century that deals with Southern supremacism on so very many levels, without doing so in-your-face. As Lao Tzu might say, "doing without doing."
It's all about various love relationships between women, with a cast of Oscar-winning stars, including Cicely Tyson. But I say Bates takes the cake in this classic.Read full review
- hansonearlJan 21, 2016Verified purchase - NEWby
Attn: The movie brought back alot of GOOD Memories, few places I Had tears of joy and sadness. ETH
- hotrod325wJul 6, 2015by
Great classic movie
I wanted to add this classic movie to our collection. Great movie worth owning. This movie brought back many many memories of life back when was much more simple. Perfect selection of cast members
- rn2bginMar 29, 2015by
This is one of my favorite movies!
I love this movie. I think I have watched it 25 or more times and never get tired of it! It is a feel good movie overall. I still cry at the same part of the movie. This was a must have movie for me.
- gary.jonessr201...Feb 13, 2015by
i love this movie thanks
i had this on vhs but time destroyed it this movie reminds me of my younger years smoke house--railroad--old wooden houses--and mostly hobo's asking mom for something to eat this movie is just like going home again. if any of you haven't seen it please do so