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From Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
Fried Green Tomatoes directed by Jon Avnet
Nominated by Tyisha Turner

Idgie Threadgoode is one of the main characters in this film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Idgie is a fierce, free-spirited, resourceful young woman. She proves herself a true heroine as she overcomes death, violence, racism, and sexism throughout her life.

This film is a recount of that dramatic life spent with her best friend, Ruth, the close bond the two women shared, and the challenges they overcame together.

The inspirational way that Idgie repeatedly put her life on the line for her friends, women and African-Americans, in order for them to prevail over the violent, white-supremacist men in their Alabama hometown, makes Idgie a model example for women and people everywhere.

Idgie's courage and fiery spirit make her a worthy mascot for generations to come.



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The first time I saw this movie was in a college course on mythology and story telling. And I couldn't believe that I had never watched it.

"Tawanda" is a war cry in this household. Idgie's character remind us that evil really will prevail if good people do nothing.

You don't have to be rich, super-strong or famous. You just have to be tenacious and honest.

I wish we had her instead of Paul Bunyan for an American mythic icon.

How many Idgies did we miss because of their gender and class or race? I bet there are innumerable Idgies out there, whose stories are just as interesting and death/convention defying.

Being helpless is usually about feeling that way. Iggie reminds us to look for our options even when others would have us assume there aren't any.

Sent by sundog | 11:03 AM | 1-21-2008

What about sexual orientation?

I love the movie Friend Green Tomatoes, and I love the character of Idgie and her friendship with Ruth. I watched this movie first as an unquestioning adolescent, but when I viewed it a second time a few years later I wondered a little bit more about the type of relationship that Idgie and Ruth shared.

Then I read the book. There is no question in the book that Idgie is emotionally and physically attracted to women, and even her childhood interest in Ruth is developed as a crush. The relationship that the two share as adults is likewise less obscure in the novel; they are clearly lovers.

While the movie does an incredible job of setting up Idgie as a free-spirited woman standing against racism and sexism, it only alludes to sexual orientation. I'm disappointed that a movie that makes a strong case for many important social issues intentionally obscured a part of the story that dealt with another form of social discrimination: the freedom to choose your partner regardless of gender.

Sent by Marcella Florence | 2:00 PM | 1-21-2008