I saw the coming attractions for "Fried Green Tomatoes" four times during an orgy of Christmas-week moviegoing -- and I could tell even before it opened that it was going to be a hit. The trailer, in which the middle-aged, upholstered Evelyn Couch gets her own back from two "younger and faster" women by savaging their car in a parking lot drew such satisfied laughter that it came as no surprise when the inexpensive little movie became a top box-office draw and remained so for months. It is now No. The book upon which it based, Fannie Flagg's novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," is also basking in the film's success as a paperback best seller. What's the appeal? The dual story of Idgie and Ruth, two brave women of the 's played by Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker , and Ninny and Evelyn Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates , who contemplate their tale today, has spoken to a real hunger, especially but not solely among women, for connectedness, for a love beyond expediency, for a life in which an individual can still see her shadow.
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While Flagg was and still is generally credited with writing the screenplay for the film, the director, Jon Avnet, actually composed the majority of the script. Set in southern Alabama, the film vacillates between the present day or, what was the present day in the early 90s and the early 20 th century. While visiting a member of the family at a nursing name, Evelyn Couch meets year-old Ninny Threadgoode. Rather open with strangers, Ninny begins sharing with Evelyn the life of Idgie Threadgoode, a woman who grew up in Whistle Stop, a neighboring town, nearly sixty years ago. From the death of her brother to train side cafes to cancer, the audience follows the cultivation of a relationship between Idgie and Ruth Jamison. Marketed as a tale of friendship and how it can transcend across time to unite mere strangers, the film to this day seems to be largely written off by the public as innocuous in content and significance. These range from word choices, to tonality, to facial expression, etc.
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I say no. The movie changed the ending a bit. Also Ninny wears a wedding ring and told the story about having a mentally defective baby that she kept even though doctors told her to institutionalize him. She cared for him for 30 years. In the movie, Idgie did not marry, nor have any children.