Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny.Written by
Network and DVD versions contains some additional footage not included in the theatrical release:
Just after Big George is released by the KKK gang, and Grady tells the gang he doesn't recognize any of them, there is a scene where Grady tells Idgie that he doesn't wear size 14 shoes and that he is no member of the KKK. This scene is missing from the theatrical release.
A scene is added in which Ninny Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch go to a Baptist Church and see a gospel singer perform. She sings "Listen to the Rain."
This is a film you are bound to fall in love with. All of its characters feel real, intense, reaching out to touch with their passion and the film's nostalgic feel.
It contains some of my favorite performances of all time: Masterson, Parker, Tandy, and Bates give their very best, bringing two life fictional women who feel real, strong, and powerful. The film is very emotional, never maudlin, never disrespecting any of its components or the audience. It allows us to feel we are part of a world that might not exist anymore. What I like most about the film is how it embraces a passion for living.
There is much to be admired about the technical aspects of the film as well. It travels back and forth in time, with a structure that is hard to describe but a joy to watch as it shows how the main relationships were born, developed, and eventually were transformed into something more spiritual. The music is haunting and quite suitable to the delicate relationships, and the photography makes everyone and everything lovely, dreamlike at times.
The film will live on and will eventually be regarded as a classic. It deserves it so.
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