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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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?


Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates both won the Best Actress Oscar for the two previous years, in Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Misery (1990). 1991's Best Actress was Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Kathy Bates read the audio book version and presented Anthony Hopkins with his Best Actor Award, Mary-Louise Parker appeared in the prequel, Red Dragon (2002). See more »


Ed says the Evelyn has hit the younger girls car 6 times, but in the film she only hits it 4 times. See more »


Ninny Threadgoode: Did you know they took my gallbladder out?
Evelyn Couch: Uh, no I didn't.
Ninny Threadgoode: Oh yes, still in the hospital in a jar. I guess that's where they keep them.
Evelyn Couch: I guess.
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Referenced in Donkey Kong Country: Exposed (1994) See more »


If I Can Help Somebody
Written by Alma Androzzo
Produced by Arthur Baker
Performed by Aaron Hall
Mixed by Louis Scalise
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An Excellent Story Within A Story
9 July 2004 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I must admit. When I first heard of this movie many years ago, the title didn't sound that appealing and the few scenes that I saw didn't look very interesting. But what can I say? I was little then and didn't know what I was missing. My mother kept telling me how good of a movie this was, but I was just too stubborn and didn't pay attention. It was only a few months ago that I decided to watch it when it appeared on TV and boy was I surprised!!

This movie is beyond anything that I have ever viewed in my entire life. Usually, this sort of movie isn't the kind that I look at, but I fell in love with the story and the characters, as well as the wonderful actresses (Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker) who did an outstanding job portraying their characters in a unique and unforgettable way.

Since I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, let me just say that it's an astounding tale of a special friendship that goes way beyond what we would call a "regular" one. It will make you thankful for the friends you have and even give women a sense to stand up for their own rights. All in all, I give this movie a 10 out of 10. If you haven't seen it, what are you doing reading this?! Go out and rent it!

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