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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 24 January 1992 (USA)
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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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.

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$80,100,000 (USA)
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It is widely accepted that the inspiration for the Whistle Stop Cafe is the Irondale Cafe, located in the north-eastern Birmingham town of Irondale. Fried green tomatoes are a popular dish. See more »

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Evelyn's pearls when she goes to the hospital to visit Ninny. See more »

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Ruth: This doesn't have anything to do with trains, does it?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »

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Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
Written by Clarence Paul, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Stevenson
Produced by Arthur Baker
Performed by Taylor Dayne
Mixed by Louis Scalise
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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What An Authentic Flavor This Film Has
29 April 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The twenty year friendship between two young women in the early twentieth century American South is the focus of this 1991 film from director Jon Avnet. Told in flashbacks, the story adopts a modern POV, with social empowerment being the theme. As such, the story is both unusual and unexpected, given its historical time frame. Viewers will be disappointed if they expect a more traditional Southern story ... about some dark, sinister secret emotionally repressed, and set among the lazy willows and old Magnolia trees.

Empowerment can be a wonderful thing. But, if it is taken to extremes, as it is in two subplots, one involving Frank Bennett, and the other involving Evelyn Couch, then it can be a cause for concern. And that's my main problem with this film. The subplots tend to lack credibility, although they do not detract from the overall character study of Idgie and Ruth.

What was most impressive to me was the film's atmospheric "flavor". Production design, set decoration, and costumes all sparkle with such vitality and detail, that you really feel like you're back in the rural South of the 1920's.

Most modern films pander to youth. To its everlasting credit, "Fried Green Tomatoes" features the wisdom of an elderly character, played by Jessica Tandy, in a nursing home. An added bonus of the film is Kathy Bates, whose acting is always first-rate.


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