Fried Green Tomatoes
Starring: Kathy Bates,
Mary Stuart Masterson, etc.
Director: Jon Avnet
Rated: PG 13
Year of Release: 1991
Video Release Date: February 1, 2000
Idgie Threadgoode goes her own way. She wears
pants, a tie, cuts her hair short and has a crush on Ruth
— all in the deep south town of Whistle Stop, Georgia
sometime in the early post-WWII era. Ruth is married to a
violent, drunken lout of a racist redneck. The two women open
the Whistle Stop Café, and insist on serving Big George,
a black man whose mother raised Idgie. When Ruth’s abusive
husband disappears, the local KKK decides to blame the “uppity”
Big George. This story is told by Ms. Threadgoode in flashback mode from the present day. She lives in a nursing home and is visited regularly by Evelyn -- dowdy, unhappy, and dripping with low self-esteem. The story, and its telling, has powerful curative affects on Evelyn, who learns to stand up for herself.
Watch how Ruth and Idgie stand up for what
they belief and Evelyn learns from them how to follow suit,
thereby gaining the courage to deal with her life’s
- Do you think that you cannot stand up
for what you believe.
- What would you expect to change in your life if you felt
your fear of standing up for your convictions, accepted this
fear and consequently followed through with what you believe
- Can you see Ruth and Idgie as models and find the strength,
courage, and determination inside yourself to stand up for
what you belief?