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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 24 January 1992 (USA)
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A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

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Jon Avnet

Writers:

Fannie Flagg (novel), Fannie Flagg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Evelyn Couch
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Idgie Threadgoode
Mary-Louise Parker ... Ruth Jamison
Jessica Tandy ... Ninny Threadgoode
Cicely Tyson ... Sipsey
Chris O'Donnell ... Buddy Threadgoode
Stan Shaw ... Big George
Gailard Sartain ... Ed Couch
Timothy Scott ... Smokey Lonesome (as Tim Scott)
Gary Basaraba ... Grady Kilgore
Lois Smith ... Mama Threadgoode
Jo Harvey Allen ... Women's Awareness Teacher
Macon McCalman ... Prosecutor Percy
Richard Riehle ... Reverend Scroggins
Raynor Scheine ... Sheriff Curtis Smoote
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Storyline

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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The secret of life? The secret's in the sauce.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fried Green Tomatoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,317, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$82,418,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,418,501
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Graffiti on one of the buildings in Whistle Stop, shown at the beginning of the movie when the credits are still rolling, says "Kudzu Kills." Kudzu is a plant in the pea family, and is usually considered an invasive species. It climbs over other plants and kills them by depriving them of sunlight. Some of the old abandoned buildings in this scene are covered with vegetation, presumably Kudzu. Kudzu thrives in the American Southeast, due to the hot, humid climate. See more »

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When Buddy is chasing Ruth's hat down the tracks he gets his shoe caught between a guard rail and the main rail. Guard rails are typically used on bridges and at switches, but has no purpose in this location other than to catch Buddy's foot. See more »

Quotes

Nurse: I'd thought you'd be happy for Miz. Threadgood.
Evelyn Couch: [Crying and very upset] Happy? Cuz she's dead?
Nurse: No that she gets to go home. She just left in a yellow cab.
Evelyn Couch: [Looking VERY confused] I don't understand...
Nurse: Well, there was really no point in her staying here now that Mrs. Otis died...
Evelyn Couch: [Wide eyed] Mrs. OTIS died?
Nurse: Well yes.
Evelyn Couch: Mrs Otis died!
[hopping around laughing]
Evelyn Couch: Mrs. Otis died!
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The Story Stays With You Long After the Movie Ends
3 July 2003 | by OuardaSee all my reviews

This is one of my top five films of all time. I was somewhat skeptical the first time I saw it because I adored the book and I knew there were some changes, but I found the essence of Fannie Flagg's fabulous novel in tact. This is a story that burrows into your heart and mind and stays there. It is absolutely magical storytelling with a stellar cast and beautifully written characters that never fade from memory.

A time and place in America, filled with the best and the worst of our life and history, is impeccably captured. The flashbacks take us to the time of an Alabama whistle stop town that was a bustling hub when the railroad was the center of all movement. This was the era of hobos and simple pleasures. The scenes from the past become more powerful by the juxtaposition to modern times, where the story begins and returns at intervals.

Kathy Bates plays Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle-aged housewife who stumbles on Ninny Threadgoode (the superb Jessica Tandy) one day by accident at the nursing home where she is visiting one of her husband's relatives. The two have an instant chemistry and a deep friendship begins. Ninny proceeds to tell Evelyn the story of Idgie and Ruth, two young women who shared an amazing friendship and love 50 years earlier.

This movie has to be experienced, as mere descriptions might sound like another southern-flavored movie about women or a weepy nostalgic tale. It is much more than that, and more than the most glowing review can ever convey. If you are reading this and haven't seen it, please make a point to. The actors are nothing short of magical. All four actresses (Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker) are at the top of their craft.

I will borrow a line from Ninny Threadgoode to describe how I always feel after seeing this film. "I may be sitting here in this nursing home but in my mind I'm over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes".

I may be sitting here finishing this comment but in my mind I'm at the Whistle Stop Cafe. That's how powerful this story is for me.


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