Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1/20 Outdoor Wednesday # 54

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Last weekend I watched the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” which was filmed in Juliette, Georgia (not too far from me). The 1991 film was directed by John Avnet starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson Mary Louise-Parker, Chris O'Donnell and other well knowns. A friend of mine (Kathy, who is a nurse) was an extra in the movie.

Before they filmed the movie….

Fried Green Tomatoes - Juliette, GA

and a scene from the movie…. (filmed 1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes - Juliette, GA

and how it looks now…

Juliette, Georgia

A building in Juliette was transformed into the Whistle Stop Cafe for the movie.

Fried Green Tomatoes - Juliette, GA

and a look at the cafe now…

Whistle Stop Cafe - Juliette, Georgia

The window of the cafe in the movie

Fried Green Tomatoes - Juliette, GA

and the window now….

Fried Green Tomatoes - Juliette, GA

Juliette offers many memories of the movie. There's a train station with a real train that runs through, the church, cemetery with two graves marked with the names of Buddy Threadgood and Ruth Jamison, a grave by the hickory pit that bears the reading of: Here lies Frank Bennet of Valdosta "The secret was in the sauce."

Link to movie at IMDb for more info HERE

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47 comments:

  1. What fun it must have been for your friend to be an extra in the movie. I would recognize the Whistlestop Cafe anywhere. It was an incredible movie. Your post makes me want to see it again.. Thanks for sharing a part of the history as well..very interesting post.. hugs ~lynne~

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  2. omg...I think we would ALL love being in a movie..and to be in THIS one..one of my very favorite movies.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful and fun post, Susan. I also wanted to say that I hope things are going much better in your life. I miss your pretty tablescapes...
    love, bj

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  3. I saw that movie way back when, And it was wonderful!

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  4. Oh Wow Susan! Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies and favorite book! I think I've seen the movie at least 5 times. Always makes me cry! Thanks for the pictures of the town and Whistlestop Cafe. --Delores

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  5. Fried Green Tomatoes was a revelation of a film. Mary Stuart Masterson knocked it out of the ballpark with her performance. The whole cast was really quite outstanding. Thanks for a glimpse into the before and after of things.

    Tink *~*~*

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  6. Hi Susan,
    It's interesting to learn that the movie was filmed in a real town! So often they create these amazing sets that I always wish were real places. How fun that your friend got to take part in the film. That's a fantasy of mine - perhaps when my daughter the future film maker is famous she can put me in one of hers....:)
    Thanks for hosting again. Have a great week.
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  7. So cool, Susan. I still remember that movie quite well!

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  8. That was a great movie! Have you ever eaten there? It looks so quaint! It must have been fun for your friend.
    My friend's house was used for a movie here in Southampton. They use the beaches for many of them.
    Susan, I hope you are well..I haven't heard from you in a long time!

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  9. LOVE that movie! TAWANDA!!!! Kathy Bates is FAB!

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  10. Looks like a fun town to explore! I like the movie and now photo contrasts...

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  11. That was such a fun movie to watch. What a great place to visit. It's great that they kept it so nice.

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  12. wow, I loved that movie! it must have been a great experience for your friend to be in that movie. great photos!

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  13. "Fried Green Tomatoes" was an excellent film. I will need to rent this movie again. Before and after shots of the cafe was a unique idea. Great job, Susan!
    Joyce M

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  14. Hi Susan! what a great post - I love heritge and old places, especially when preserved and still used as an attraction. To top that Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my all time favorite movies!!!
    you have a great day and thanks for oppotunity to share our outdoor posts!!!!
    Gena

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  15. Hi Susan,
    What a great post. I loved how you showed the before after and after :) shots. I loved that movie and it may just be time to watch it again. Thanks for hosting.
    Maryrose

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  16. Great place and photos!
    Happy outdoor.

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  17. This is one of my all time favorites.

    I particularly enjoyed where she smashes the smart *ssed teen's car-- saying she has more money and more insurance! LOVED it.

    Great shot... thanks!
    Claudia

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  18. Hi Susan,
    How fab is that, to be able to visit the town where FGT was filmed? It's going on my Bucket List for sure.
    I have the DVD of the movie and have watched it several times, I love Fanny Flaggs books and even have the FGT Cookbook.
    Have a great OW
    ~Maggie~

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  19. Very cool pics Susan, enjoyed seeing that cute little town. Cindy

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  20. Great place and photos, I will have to check out the movie.

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  21. I have not seen the movie, but it was interesting o see this. Thank you.:)

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  22. I saw this program on The Travel Channel just the other day!! Interesting.

    My Outdoor Wednesday is a sketch I did...from 1 year ago today. A face in the crowd. HERE

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  23. Hi Susan ~
    What a fun post and neat pictures ! Thanks for sharing and hostessing...
    Kammy

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  24. I have never seen this movie...I'll have to put that on my "to do" list.

    Have a great week.

    It is fun to have something to share this week after all of our horrible weather.

    Becky K.

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  25. I love this movie too! I would watch it again and again any day!

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  26. I've had the pleasure of visiting Juliette and the Whistle Stop,love that movie.

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  27. that is so cool! i saw the movie many years ago, i'll have to re-watch it.

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  28. Thanks for this most interesting post about one of my favorite movies. Nice to show people that movie makers can make a lasting impression on a town. I was on the set of Midnight Cowboy with John Travolta and with the crew bought out all the local shops of cowboy hats and boots. What they spent at local eateries and bars was a real boost to their local economy! lol

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  29. Fried Green Tomatoes was one of my most favorite movies and one I watch over and over again. I never tire of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  30. I love seeing the before and afters of this movie. How great that the area was revitalized. It looks great!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  31. I loved this film ... and how fun to see your photos and the comparisons from the film! Wonderful post ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  32. Movies productions are really something aren't they? They filmed First Blood with Sylvester Stallone in my dad's town. They made a complete fake town with nothing behind the building facades. Very surreal to see it.

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  33. I saw and enjoyed this movie very much. Thanks for sharing some of its making with us.

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  34. I like how it transform from then and now.

    Snow no More for Outdoor Wednesday.

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  35. I'm back to share rainy photos from Southern California at the beach at Small Reflections.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  36. Nice pics!! The before the movie & after pic is amazing! I will be coming to Georgia soon for a few months to stay with my sister in law! Can't wait for the warmer weather.

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  37. very cool I was not aware that there was an actual place. I love the movie but only thought it was like on a movie set or something

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  38. Oh what a nice transformation. Good thing you have photos of each stages.

    My Outdoor shots

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  39. Very neat.
    I'm so glad it still looks fabulous.
    Such a great movie!
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~Amy

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  40. Look what that movie did for that little town! Great before and after perspective - thanks!

    Robin

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  41. Enjoyed that movie so much and enjoyed the photos too! I'm linking after being gone for a while. Thanks for hosting as always!

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  42. How cool Susan! I love that movie!!

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  43. Can you believe I have never seen that movie. Maybe I will have to throw it on my netflicks!

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  44. That was a wonderful movie... I love the shots of before and after, thanks for sharing with us ALL!
    http://www.GardenersReach.com

    Here's to 'Saucy Secrets!'

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  45. Oh Susan thanks for this fun post...this is still one of my all time favorite movies and I just rewatched it the other day...Great to see what it looks like now...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  46. I watched Fried Green Tomatoes again last week too. I caught it on Enchore and it sucked me in once again! I have to say, I enjoyed it more this time as a 30 something than I had before - I think I got it a little more this time.

    Decemember a year ago, I had the opportunity to eat at The Irondale Cafe in Alabama which The Whistlestop Cafe was patterned after for the book. It was owned by the aunt of the author Fried Green Tomatoes. http://www.irondalecafe.com/Default.aspx And they still serve fried green tomatoes everyday!

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