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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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Timothy Scott ...
Smokey Lonesome (as Tim Scott)
Mama Threadgoode
Women's Awareness Teacher
Prosecutor Percy
Reverend Scroggins
Sheriff Curtis Smoote


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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Release Date:

24 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomates verdes fritos  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


$80,100,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Author Fannie Flagg is the woman telling the classroom of disaffected women, "You can get that spark back into your marriage!" See more »


When Buddy hangs up the swinging rope off of the bridge before entering the house, he hangs it on a post on the right side of the bridge. However, when he goes to retrieve Ruth's hat later, he grabs the rope from the left side of the bridge. See more »


Ninny Threadgoode: A heart can be broken, but it will keep beating just the same.
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Referenced in Men in Black II (2002) See more »


Cool Down Yonder
Written by Ira Tucker
Produced by Anthony Heilbut
Arranged and Performed by Marion Williams
Courtesy of Spirit Feel Records
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The Ultimate
17 May 2004 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This is such an awesome movie. I remember watching it as a girl, and when I found it in a clearance bin a few months ago, I jumped on it. I watched it then, and now, having watched it again... Mary Stuart Masterson is AMAZING. Tears fall unwittingly down my cheeks during her performance. I was also enchanted by Mary-Louise Parker, and I always always LOVE Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy is also her usual fit self, and Cecily Tyson was great ("Shoo! I ain't scared of you!") and I could go on for ages about all of them.

I will admit that this is the Ultimate Chick Flick. That title, however, does not detract from its overall quality. The men are more than just caricatures, and the nostalgia and love of the book made its way into the movie. I have to commend Avnet for his efforts.

And now that I am out of intelligent things to say, THIS MOVIE ROCKS MY SOCKS! It's re-watchability and great everything make this the movie (along with Love and Basketball and my Buffy DVDs) that I take with me to college and suggest we watch at every opportunity.

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