Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 American comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Flagg and Carol Sobieski, it stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, it tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two women and Idgie, a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, Ninny, an elderly woman. The centerpiece and parallel story concerns the murder of Ruth's abusive husband and the accusations that follow. Released on December 27, 1991, the film received a positive reception from critics and grossed $119 million worldwide, it was nominated for two Oscars at the 63rd Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Evelyn Couch, a timid, unhappy housewife in her 40s, meets elderly Ninny Threadgoode in an Anderson, nursing home where Evelyn's husband Ed's Aunt Vesta who has dementia is staying. Over several encounters with Evelyn, Ninny tells her the story of the now abandoned town of Whistle Stop, the people who lived there.
The film's subplot concerns Evelyn's dissatisfaction with her marriage, her life, her growing confidence, her developing friendship with Ninny. The narrative switches several times between Ninny's story, set between World War I and World War II, Evelyn's life in 1980s Birmingham. Ninny's story begins with tomboy Idgie Threadgoode, the youngest of the Threadgoode children, whom Ninny describes as her sister-in-law. Idgie's close relationship with her charming older brother, Buddy, is cut short when he is hit by a train after his shoe gets stuck in the tracks, leading to his death. Devastated, she recedes from formal society for much of her childhood and adolescence until Buddy's former girlfriend, the straitlaced Ruth Jamison, intervenes at the request of the concerned Threadgoode family. Idgie resists Ruth's attempts at friendship, but a deep attachment develops between them. Ruth leaves Whistle Stop to marry moves to Valdosta, Georgia. Idgie tries to forget her but visits her house to find her pregnant and subject to physical abuse from Frank.
Against his wishes and violent attempts to stop her, she returns to Whistle Stop with Idgie, where her baby, a boy whom she names Buddy, Jr. is born. Papa Threadgoode gives Idgie money to start a business so she can care for Buddy, Jr.. She and Ruth open the Whistle Stop Cafe, employing the family cook and her son, Big George, who excels with a barbecue that becomes popular with their patrons. Frank returns to Whistle Stop to kidnap Buddy, Jr. but his attempt is thwarted by an unseen assailant, he is reported missing. Once his truck appears at the bottom of a nearby drying lake without its owner, Idgie is a suspect, as she had publicly threatened violence against him for beating Ruth, she is detained along with Big George for his murder by Grady Kilgore, the local sheriff, who offers to release her and pin the crime on Big George. During the subsequent trial, the local minister, Reverend Scroggins, has no problem lying, providing Idgie and Big George with sound alibis for the time of Frank's disappearance.
Taking into account Frank's reputation for getting drunk, the judge rules his death an accident and dismisses the case. Idgie and Big George are cleared of all charges. After the trial, Ruth is diagnosed with cancer, becomes ill, dies. Following her death, the café closes. Over time, many Whistle Stop residents move away, bringing Ninny to the end of her story, but not before the revelation of what happened to Frank. Sipsey murdered him with a blow to the head with a frying pan while trying to prevent him from kidnapping Buddy, Jr. Idgie got Big George to barbecue Frank's body, served to an investigator from Georgia searching for him; the investigator ate with gusto, proclaiming his meal the best pork barbecue he'd tasted. Evelyn discovers that during Ninny's temporary stay at the nursing home, her house was condemned and torn down. Evelyn, having become friends with her, offers her a room in her house; as they walk away from the empty lot where her house used to be, they pass Ruth's grave, freshly adorned with a jar of honey, a honeycomb, a card which reads, "I'll always love you, the Bee Charmer".
The Bee Charmer is Ruth's old nickname for Idgie, the note reveals that Idgie is still alive. Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch Mary Stuart Masterson & Nancy Moore Atchison as Imogene "Idgie" Threadgoode Mary-Louise Parker as Ruth Jamison Jessica Tandy as Ninny Threadgoode Cicely Tyson as Sipsey Chris O'Donnell as Buddy Threadgoode Stan Shaw as Big George Gailard Sartain as Ed Couch Timothy Scott as Smokey Lonesome Gary Basaraba as Grady Kilgore Lois Smith as Mama Threadgoode Danny Nelson as Papa Threadgoode Jo Harvey Allen as Women's Awareness Teacher Macon McCalman as Prosecutor Richard Riehle as Reverend Scroggins Raynor Scheine as Curtis Smoot Grace Zabriskie as Eva Bates Reid Binion as Young Julian Nick Searcy as Frank Bennett Constance Shulman as Missy Avnet first read the novel in 1987, he was introduced to it by producer Lisa Lindstrom, with whom he worked on television films Heat Wave and Breaking Point. Although he wanted her to give him a synopsis of the story, she insisted he read the book and like her, he loved it.
He decided to turn the story into a film and pitched the idea to Norman Lear's company, Act III Communications, who were interested and gave him a small budget for a screenwriter. He hired Carol Sobieski, she wrote a draft for it as a musical. Sobieski left the p
The Vietnam War known as the Second Indochina War, in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or the American War, was an undeclared war in Vietnam and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union and other communist allies; the war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years with direct U. S. involvement ending in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords, included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975. American military advisors began arriving in what was French Indochina in 1950 to support the French in the First Indochina War against the communist-led Viet Minh. Most of the funding for the French war effort was provided by the U. S. After the French quit Indochina in 1954, the US assumed financial and military responsibility for the South Vietnamese state.
The Việt Cộng known as Front national de libération du Sud-Viêt Nam or NLF, a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, initiated a guerrilla war against the South Vietnamese government in 1959. U. S. involvement escalated in 1960, continued in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy, with troop levels surging under the MAAG program from just under a thousand in 1959 to 16,000 in 1963. By 1964, there were 23,000 U. S. troops in Vietnam, but this escalated further following the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which a U. S. destroyer was alleged to have clashed with North Vietnamese fast attack craft. In response, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authorization to increase U. S. military presence, deploying ground combat units for the first time and increasing troop levels to 184,000. Past this point, the People's Army of Vietnam known as the North Vietnamese Army engaged in more conventional warfare with US and South Vietnamese forces; every year onward there was significant build-up of US forces despite little progress, with Robert McNamara, one of the principal architects of the war, beginning to express doubts of victory by the end of 1966.
U. S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces and airstrikes. The U. S. conducted a large-scale strategic bombing campaign against North Vietnam. The Tet Offensive of 1968, proved to be the turning point of the war; the Tet Offensive showed that the end of US involvement was not in sight, increasing domestic skepticism of the war. The unconventional and conventional capabilities of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam increased following a period of neglect and became modeled on heavy firepower-focused doctrines like US forces. Operations crossed international borders. S. forces. Gradual withdrawal of U. S. ground forces began as part of "Vietnamization", which aimed to end American involvement in the war while transferring the task of fighting the communists to the South Vietnamese themselves and began the task of modernizing their armed forces. Direct U. S. military involvement ended on 15 August 1973 as a result of the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.
S. Congress; the capture of Saigon by the NVA in April 1975 marked the end of the war, North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million. Some 275,000–310,000 Cambodians, 20,000–62,000 Laotians, 58,220 U. S. service members died in the conflict, a further 1,626 remain missing in action. The Sino-Soviet split re-emerged following the lull during the Vietnam War and confllict between North Vietnam and its Cambodian allies in the Royal Government of the National Union of Kampuchea, the newly-formed Democratic Kampuchea begun immediately in a series of border raids by the Khmer Rouge and erupted into the Cambodian–Vietnamese War, with Chinese forces directly intervening in the Sino-Vietnamese War; the end of the war and resumption of the Third Indochina War would precipitate the Vietnamese boat people and the bigger Indochina refugee crisis, which saw an estimated 250,000 people perish at sea.
Within the US the war gave rise to what was referred to as Vietnam Syndrome, a public aversion to American overseas military involvements, which together with Watergate contributed to the crisis of confidence that affected America throughout the 1970s. Various names have been applied to the conflict. Vietnam War is the most used name in English, it has been called the Second Indochina War and the Vietnam Conflict. As there have been several conflicts in Indochina, this particular conflict is known by the names of its primary protagonists to distinguish it from others. In Vietnamese, the war is known as Kháng chiến chống Mỹ, but less formally as'Cuộc chiến tranh Mỹ', it is called Chiến tranh Việt Nam. The primary military organizations involved in the war were as follows: One side consisted of th
James Roy Horner was an American composer and orchestrator of film scores, writing over 100. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements, for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music. Horner's first major score was in 1979 for The Lady in Red, but he did not establish himself as an eminent film composer until his work on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, his score for James Cameron's Titanic is the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time. He wrote the score for the highest-grossing film of all time, Cameron's Avatar. Horner collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Don Bluth, James Cameron, Joe Johnston, Walter Hill and Ron Howard, he won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards. Horner, an avid pilot, died at the age of 61 in a single-fatality crash while flying his Short Tucano turboprop aircraft. Horner was born in 1953 in California, to Jewish immigrants.
His father, Harry Horner, was born in Holice, Bohemia a part of Austria-Hungary. He worked as a set designer and art director, his mother, Joan Ruth, was born into a prominent Canadian family. His brother Christopher is a documentary filmmaker. James Horner started playing piano at the age of five, he played violin. He spent his early years in London, he returned to America, where he attended Verde Valley School in Sedona and received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California. After earning a master's degree, he started work on his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Paul Chihara, among others. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970s, he finished teaching a course in music theory at UCLA turned to film scoring. Horner was an avid pilot, owned several small airplanes. Horner's first credit as a feature-film composer was for B-movie director and producer Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars.
As his work gained notice in Hollywood, Horner was invited to take on larger projects. One of his first major scores was for 1979's The Lady in Red. Horner's big break came in 1982, it established him as an A-list Hollywood composer. Director Nicholas Meyer quipped that Horner was hired because the studio could no longer afford the first Trek movie's composer, Jerry Goldsmith. Horner continued writing high-profile film scores including 48 Hrs. Krull, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Aliens, *batteries not included, Willow and Field of Dreams. Cocoon was the first of his many collaborations with director Ron Howard. In 1987, Horner's original score for Aliens brought him his first Academy Award nomination. "Somewhere Out There," which he co-composed and co-wrote with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for An American Tail, was nominated that year for Best Original Song. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Horner wrote orchestral scores for family films, with credits for An American Tail. A Dinosaur's Story.
Horner scored six films in 1995, including his commercially successful and critically acclaimed works for Braveheart and Apollo 13, both of which received Academy Award nominations. Horner's biggest critical and financial success came in 1997 with his score for James Cameron's Titanic. At the 70th Academy Awards, Horner received the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score, shared the Oscar for Best Original Song with co-writer Will Jennings for "My Heart Will Go On"; the film's score and song won three Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. After Titanic, Horner continued to compose for major productions, including The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Enemy at the Gates, The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro, House of Sand and Fog and Bicentennial Man, he worked on smaller projects such as Iris and Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius. He received his eighth and ninth Academy Award nominations for A Beautiful Mind and House of Sand and Fog, but lost on both occasions to composer Howard Shore. Horner composed the 2006–2011 theme for the CBS Evening News, introduced during the debut of anchor Katie Couric on September 5, 2006.
He wrote various treatments of the theme, explaining, "One night the show might begin with the Iranians obtaining a nuclear device, another it might be something about a flower show... The tone needs to match the news."Horner collaborated again with James Cameron on his 2009 film Avatar, which became the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Cameron's own Titanic. Horner worked on Avatar for over two years, he said, "Avatar has been the most difficult film I have worked on, the biggest
Bagdad Cafe is a 1987 English-language German film directed by Percy Adlon. It is a comedy-drama set in a remote truck stop and motel in the Mojave Desert in the US state of California. Loosely based on Carson McCullers' novella The Ballad of the Sad Café, the film centers on two women who have separated from their husbands, the blossoming friendship that ensues, it runs 95 minutes in the U. S. and 108 minutes in the German version. German tourists Jasmin Münchgstettner from Rosenheim and her husband fight while driving across the desert, she storms out of the car and makes her way to the isolated truck stop, run by the tough-as-nails and short-tempered Brenda, whose own husband, after an argument out front, is soon to leave as well. Jasmin takes a room at the adjacent motel. Suspicious of the foreigner, Brenda befriends Jasmin and allows her to work at the cafe; the cafe is visited by an assortment of colorful characters, including a strange ex-Hollywood set-painter and a glamorous tattoo artist.
Brenda's son plays. With an ability to empathize with everyone she meets at the cafe, helped by a passion for cleaning and performing magic tricks, Jasmin transforms the cafe and all the people in it. Marianne Sägebrecht as Jasmin Münchgstettner C. C. H. Pounder as Brenda Jack Palance as Rudi Cox Christine Kaufmann as Debby Monica Calhoun as Phyllis Darron Flagg as Salomo George Aguilar as Cahuenga G. Smokey Campbell as Sal Hans Stadlbauer as Herr Münchgstettner Alan S. Craig as Eric Apesanahkwat as Sheriff Arnie The film had positive reviews, it holds an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was successful at the box office, with a US gross of $3.59 million. 1988: won Best Foreign Language Film at the 23rd Guldbagge Awards 1988: won Bavarian Film Award Best Screenplay 1988: won Ernst Lubitsch Award 1989: nominated for the Oscar for Best Music, Original Song 1989: won Amanda Best Foreign Feature Film 1989: won Artios Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy 1989: won César Best Foreign Film In 1990 the film was re-created as a television series starring James Gammon, Whoopi Goldberg, Cleavon Little, Jean Stapleton, with Stapleton as the abandoned tourist, Goldberg as the restaurant operator.
In the TV version the tourist was no longer from Germany. The series was shot before a studio audience; the show did not attract a sizable audience and it was cancelled after one season. The setting, California, is a former town on U. S. Route 66. After being bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1973, it was abandoned and razed. While the town had a "Bagdad Cafe", the film was shot at the then-Sidewinder Cafe in Newberry Springs, 50 miles west of the site of Bagdad; the cafe has become something of a tourist destination. A small notice board on the cafe wall features snapshots of the film's crew; the soundtrack has the song "Calling You", by Jevetta Steele, has a track in which the director narrates the story, including the film's missing scenes. The principal piano pieces heard, performed by Darron Flagg, are preludes from Book I of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier: the C major, no. 1, BWV 845. 5, BWV 850. Harmonica was performed by William Galison. Bagdad Cafe on IMDb Bagdad Cafe at Rotten Tomatoes Time Out film review
The Spitfire Grill (musical)
The Spitfire Grill is an American musical with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, based on the 1996 film of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. The Off-Broadway production by Playwrights Horizons began previews at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street on September 7, 2001 and concluded its scheduled run on October 14, 2001, it won the Richard Rodgers Production Award, administered by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town, she participates in a journey within the town itself toward its own tenuous reawakening. Authors James Valcq and Fred Alley had been friends since high school music camp in 1980, but it wasn’t until 1994 that they collaborated on The Passage for Alley's American Folklore Theatre in Wisconsin. New York-based Valcq was seeking a follow-up project for the pair after his Zombies from The Beyond closed Off-Broadway in 1995.
They wanted to create a piece of populist theatre with elements of folktale. Upon seeing the film The Spitfire Grill, they had found their vehicle. Actual writing of the musical commenced in October 1999. A demo tape of a few songs from the score found its way to David Saint, Artistic Director of the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey; the theatre presented a workshop of the show in June, 2000 featuring Helen Gallagher as Hannah, produced the world premiere production in November 2000 featuring Beth Fowler as Hannah. Throughout the process, Arthur Laurents mentored the creative team, encouraging them to find their own emotional truth in the material; the ending of the musical is different from the ending of the film. Ira Weitzman, Associate Producer of musicals at Playwrights Horizons, Tim Sanford, the Artistic Director, saw the George Street production and announced that The Spitfire Grill would open the 2000-2001 season at Playwrights Horizons after a May workshop. Tragically, one week before the workshop, Alley suffered a fatal heart attack while jogging in the woods near his Wisconsin home.
He died at the age of 38. Two weeks The Spitfire Grill was presented with the Richard Rodgers Production Award. Stephen Sondheim chairs the committee; the remainder of the group comprised Lynn Ahrens, Jack Beeson, John Guare, Sheldon Harnick, R. W. B. Lewis, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Robert Ward. The Off-Broadway production featured Phyllis Somerville as Hannah, Garrett Long as Percy, Liz Callaway as Shelby, it was directed by David Saint. The show received Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League, as well as Drama Desk nominations for Garrett Long as Outstanding Actress in a Musical and Liz Callaway as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Since the Playwrights Horizons production, The Spitfire Grill has been produced over 500 times worldwide in regional theatres, stock and school productions. Foreign language versions have been produced in Germany in 2005, in South Korea in 2007, 2012, 2015, in Japan in 2009. Notable American versions include a co-production by American Folklore Theatre and Skylight Opera Theatre which featured Phyllis Somerville as Hannah, the West Coast premiere at Laguna Playhouse which won the OC Award for Best Musical, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival production in 2006, conducted by James Valcq.
The musical had its UK premiere at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a production by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and its Australian premiere in July 2010 by The Margaret River Theatre Group. In 2011, American Folklore Theatre produced a 10th Anniversary production, directed by the composer; the show premiered in Singapore at the Creative Cube in September 2012. The musical was performed by LASALLE College of the Arts with direction by Tony Knight and musical direction by Ben Kiley; the cast consisted of Erin Clare, Alison Eaton, Timothy Langan, Kelly White, Emma Etherington, Vanessa Powell and Brett Khaou. The show received its London Premiere at The Union Theatre, Southwark in a production starring Belinda Wollaston as Percy Talbott and directed by Alastair Knights in July 2015; this production was acclaimed as a "Top 10 Critic's Choice" musical by BritishTheatre.com and was awarded Best New Production of a Musical in the Broadway World UK Awards. In 2018, The Spitfire Grill premiered in The Netherlands at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts for a limited run, with direction by Yannick Plugers and musical direction by Rick van den Belt.
Act IRural Wisconsin. February. A young woman named. She's about to be released. In her pocket is a photograph clipped from a travel book; the caption reads, “Autumn colors along Copper Creek near Gilead, Wisconsin”. Arriving in Gilead, Percy reports to Joe Sutter, he leads her through the deserted streets to a ramshackle diner called the Spitfire Grill, run by a crusty old widow, Hannah Ferguson, who has a bad hip and sharp tongue. Joe persuades Hannah to give her work as a waitress. Percy sets to work in a swirl of small town suspicions led by Effy, the postmistress who's village busybody. In the face of all the gossip and Hannah's constant haranguing, Percy begins to wonder whether she made a mistake in coming to Gilead, her thoughts are interrupted by a cry from Hannah, who has tripped on the stairs and broken her l
The Ballad of the Sad Café (film)
The Ballad of the Sad Café is a 1991 Merchant Ivory film, produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by Simon Callow, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine. Michael Hirst adapted the Edward Albee play, which in turn was based on a novella in a collection of short stories of the same title by Carson McCullers; the film was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. A lonely moonshiner named, she changes in kindness as two men, Cousin Lymon and Marvin Macy enter her life. Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Amelia Keith Carradine as Marvin Macy Cork Hubbert as Cousin Lymon Rod Steiger as Rev. Willin Austin Pendleton as Lawyer Taylor Beth Dixon as Mary Hale Lanny Flaherty as Merlie Ryan Mert Hatfield as Stumpy McPhail Earl Hindman as Henry Macy Anne Pitoniak as Mrs. McPhail Frederick Johnson as Jeff Lauri Raymond as Sadie Ricketts Joe Stevens as Henry Ford Crimp Keith Wommack as Tom Rainey Kevin Wommack as George Rainey Laura Burns as Molly Kelly The Ballad of the Sad Café on IMDb
Heavy is a 1995 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, in his directorial debut. It stars Liv Tyler, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Shelley Winters, Deborah Harry; the plot focuses on an unhappy overweight cook whose life is changed after an enchanting college drop-out begins working as a waitress at his and his mother's roadside tavern. The film explores themes of loneliness, false hope, unrequited love, self-worth. Mangold wrote the screenplay for Heavy while attending filmmaking seminars at Columbia University, based it on real people who knew while growing up in upstate New York. Filming took place on location in and around Barryville and Hyde Park, New York in 1993; the film features an original soundtrack by Thurston Moore, as well as songs by Evan Dando of The Lemonheads, who has a minor role in the film. Heavy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize and was screened at Cannes where it competed for the Caméra d'Or; the film received a theatrical release in the United Kingdom on December 29, 1995, had a limited release in the United States on June 5, 1996.
In rural upstate New York, thirty-something-year-old Victor Modino works as a cook at Pete and Dolly's, a small roadhouse founded by and named after his mother and late father. Dolly, in poor health, spends most of her time sitting in a chair in the back of the kitchen, reminiscing about her husband and antagonizing Delores, a cynical longtime employee who once had an affair with Pete; the daily routine and rhythm of the restaurant is changed when Dolly hires Callie, a soft-spoken young woman who has just dropped out of college in Syracuse, as a new waitress. Callie catches the eye of the painfully shy, overweight Victor. Callie's presence is taken note of by the employees as well as the restaurant's regular patrons Leo, an alcoholic friend of Delores. During working hours, Callie is impervious to Victor's debilitating shyness, she attempts to get to know him better. Impressed by Victor's cooking, Callie suggests he attend the cooking school across the river—the Culinary Institute of America—a thought, considered by Victor but swiftly dismissed by both Dolly and Delores.
Victor becomes enamored with Callie, begins subtly vying for her attention. One night during work, Callie takes photographs in the kitchen with her Polaroid camera, she asks Victor to take a photo of her. He has vivid daydreams about Callie, one of which has him saving her from drowning in the Hudson River. One night after Callie gets into a fight with her boyfriend, she is left stranded at the restaurant. Victor offers to drive her home, en route he stops the car so they can watch airplanes descend at an airfield; as they watch the airplanes, Callie laments. She gives Victor a kiss before suggesting she get home; the following morning, Dolly is hospitalized. Victor tells Delores and Callie that Dolly has been hospitalized for a minor surgery, not wanting to cause panic. Several days Dolly dies while Victor is eating lunch in the hospital cafeteria. Victor continues to run the restaurant as usual, deals with his grief by binge eating. Meanwhile, Delores becomes suspicious of Dolly's extended absence.
Callie asks Victor to bring her to visit Dolly in the hospital. He is unable to confess that she is dead. Callie arrives at their house, notices the Polaroid photo of herself displayed on the refrigerator; when she inquires about where he got it, he tells her. The two leave, but instead of taking her to the hospital, Victor drives Callie to the local cemetery, shows her Dolly's grave. Callie becomes hysterical, fails to return for her following shift at the restaurant. Victor's self-esteem stemming from his weight surfaces several nights while alone at the restaurant, as he begins binge eating, he stops himself, begins smashing items behind the counter in frustration. In the middle of his outburst, Callie arrives with Jeff to collect her check, she spends several moments alone with Victor, explaining that she plans to return home and re-enroll in college, but promises to visit him and Delores. Some time Victor musters the confidence to chat with Darlene, a cashier at the grocery market he frequents.
Heavy was director James Mangold's directorial debut, as well as his first screenplay. According to Mangold, who grew up in the Hudson River Valley, he was inspired by a real-life classmate of his, overweight, whose mother owned a local diner. In directing his first feature, Mangold aspired to make a film stripped of "a certain Hollywood aesthetic," that followed a character who seemed a "most unlikely centerpiece of a motion picture."Mangold wrote the script for the film in 1991, while attending filmmaking seminars at Columbia University under the instruction of director Miloš Forman. In making the movie, Mangold was focused on expression versus dialogue in the character of Victor. Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Martin Ritt's Hud served as specific influences. Mangold met Liv Tyler, she had been doing modeling work at the time, was cast in the film "without hesitation" after a brief video audition with Mang