Fried Green Tomatoes

December 27th, 1991


Fried Green Tomatoes

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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.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 7.4/10 (29,190 voted)

Director: Jon Avnet

Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson

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.

Writers: Fannie Flagg, Fannie Flagg

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

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

Release Date: 27 December 1991

Filming Locations: Agnes Scott College - 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia, USA

Gross: $80,100,000 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (extended version)

Did You Know?

The house where Ruth lives with her husband is located in rural Pike County, GA.

Anachronisms: At film end as camera starts pan across Café front, first hanging 'tin' sign is for 2 liter soda 89c. Liters didn't come into U.S. sales until PepsiCo introduced the first two liter sized soft drink bottle in 1970, likely long after Whistle Stop decline.

Idgie Threadgoode: Believe me when I tell you, I don't want you to move out.

User Review

A Beautiful Film


This is truly a beautiful film.

Well written and superbly acted it tugs at the heartstrings harder than almost any other movie. The way it sets up an obvious story line and then like a gentle roller-coaster suddenly takes you in another direction is unequalled in this type of film.

There are so many points of genuine sadness and whenever you think you have guessed the story you suddenly turn to find an outcome more surprising than you thought.

Major characters die, major characters do not "fall in love" and major characters are not allowed to cop-out; it is as a film should be.

Remarkable well written, produced with care and acted with understatement and love - it is a beautiful film.

Watch it.


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