Fried Green Tomatoes
First screened in Spring 1992 / Most recently screened in August 2016
Director: Jon Avnet. Cast: Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Gailard Sartain, Gary Basaraba, Stan Shaw, Cicely Tyson, Tim Scott, Chris O'Donnell, Lois Smith, Macon McCalman, Richard Riehle, Raynor Scheine, LaTanya Richardson, Suzi Bass, Grace Zabriskie, Nick Searcy, Kathy Larson, Missy Wolff. Screenplay: Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski (based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg).

Twitter Capsule: A taste thing: either the pedestrian direction and facile storytelling spoil a sweet lady-yarn or they don't.

VOR:   Made an impact upon release as a genuine, low-budget, women-driven sleeper hit. Retains some of that prestige today, and paved a modest but real path for other movies like it.

Photo © 1991

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

(in Spring 1992: B)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Tandy
Best Adapted Screenplay: Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Kathy Bates
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Tandy

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