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Fried Green Tomatoes
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
John Vigran

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Vocals by:
Marion Williams
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(June 9th, 1992)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print and extremely difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you can find it for a decent price and aren't afraid of vibrant Southern rhythms and Thomas Newman's symphonic soft side.

Avoid it... if you can't find it for a reasonable price and aren't interested in soulful vocals and bluesy rhythms over a large orchestral palette.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #549
WRITTEN 7/14/98, REVISED 4/23/06
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Fried Green Tomatoes: (Thomas Newman) One of the ultimate tearjerkers ever to be put to screen, Fried Green Tomatoes is a story told in flashback, set in both the 1990's and 1930's and addressing common issues in both periods. The 1930's setting is the attractive one, and the reason Fannie Flag's book ("Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe") was put to screen by Universal and director Jon Avnet. Two young women operate a cafe in a small Alabama town in the '30's, where things are pretty progressive. Whites and blacks have civil relations, and the rednecks that roll down the main street waving guns in the air are shunned as being the village idiots. But complexity exists in the cafe, for there are lesbian undertones to the relationship between its two operators. There's a murder mystery in the past and the salvaging of another troubled woman in the future setting, and one of the film's weaknesses is its inability to switch between times with ease. For women especially, the film will send you to the box of tissues repeatedly, and some have criticized the film for trying too hard for a melodramatic punch. Whether that's true or not, one fabulous element of the film is Thomas Newman's score. While already an established name, Newman was still a few years away from his mainstream discovery and handful of Academy Award nominations. It also happened to come before Newman surprised orchestral film fans with his masterful symphonic scores of 1993 and 1994, and well before he returned to his experimental roots in electronic and world-instrument sounds thereafter. Whenever you hear or read discussions about Thomas Newman two decades later, you often hear people classify (or attempt to) each of his recent efforts into either period of his production, and for the most part, these classifications can be accurate. To its credit, Fried Green Tomatoes exists outside of this debate.



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VIEWER RATINGS
173 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.4 Stars
***** 48 5 Stars
**** 50 4 Stars
*** 28 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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A truly excellent score
P B - June 27, 2006, at 1:21 p.m.
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I am glad..
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:24
• 1. Ghost Train (Main Title)* (3:09)
• 2. Whistle Stop, Ala. (1:16)
• 3. A Charge to Keep I Have** (2:34)
• 4. Xmas in Hooverville (1:50)
• 5. The Treehouse (1:11)
• 6. Night Baseball* (0:57)
• 7. Whither Thou Goest I Will Go (1:53)
• 8. Buddy Threadgoode (1:19)
• 9. Didn't it Rain** (2:53)
• 10. The Bee Chamber (1:59)
• 11. Wallpaper (1:30)
• 12. The Smell of Coffee (1:12)
• 13. Visiting Ruth (1:44)
• 14. Miss Otis Died (1:27)
• 15. The Town Follies - written by Ralph Grierson (0:45)
• 16. Klansmen (2:04)
• 17. Smokey Lonesome (1:22)
• 18. Big George* (1:50)
• 19. Night Baseball (Mandolin Reprise) (1:01)
• 20. The Whistle Stop Cafe (2:28)
* Newman score containing Marion Williams vocals.
** Pre-existing songs performed by Marion Williams.

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes contain extensive credits, but no info about the music itself.

Primary performers:
    Piano: John Beasley
    Percussion: Michael Fisher
    Clarinet: Jeff Elmassian
    Double Reeds: John C. Clarke
    Guitars, Mandolin: George Doering
    Concert Mistress: Maria Newman
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