Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fried Green Tomatoes

Sheriff Smoote: Why, this is about the best barbecue I ever ate.
Sipsey: Secret’s in the sauce.

Ninny: Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the café.

Aside from the title dish, the Whistle Stop Café featured in Fried Green Tomatoes is best known for its savory barbecued ribs. A certain incident leads to a substitution for the usual pork ribs, and the “mystery meat” makes the best barbecue the sheriff has ever tasted.

Released 1991
Directed by Jon Avnet
Screenplay by Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Starring Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch, Jessica Tandy as Ninny Threadgoode, Mary Louise Parker as Ruth Jamison, Mary Stuart Masterson as Idgie Threadgoode, Cicely Tyson as Sipsey, Chris O’Donnell as Buddy Threadgoode, Stan Shaw as Big George, Gailard Sartain as Ed Couch, Timothy Scott as Smokey Lonesome, Gary Basaraba as Grady Kilgore, Lois Smith as Mama Threadgoode, Nick Searcy as Frank Bennett, Raynor Scheine as Sheriff Curtis Smoote, and Nancy Moore Atchison as Little Idgie Threadgoode

Awards: 1993 BMI Film Music Award; 1992 Casting Society of America Artios Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama; 1992 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film; 1992 Retirement Research Foundation Wise Owl Award for Television and Theatrical Film Fiction; 1992 USC Scripter Award for Flagg (author/screenwriter) and Sobieski (screenwriter); 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress under Ten in a Motion Picture (Atchison)

Evelyn: Did Idgie really barbecue Frank Bennett? Are you pulling my leg?
Ninny: Secret’s in the sauce, or so I’ve been told.