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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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Tomates verdes fritos  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$80,100,000 (USA)
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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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Evelyn's pearls when she goes to the hospital to visit Ninny. See more »

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Ninny Threadgoode: [to Evelyn] You git yourself some hormones!
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If I Can Help Somebody
Written by Alma Androzzo
Produced by Arthur Baker
Performed by Aaron Hall
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Consummate story-telling, served well by superlative performances
22 February 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Fannie Flagg's novel of immense complexity (huge cast and innumerable separate stories) could have been impossible to film. However, it is made possible, in large part, by the performances of Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker in what should have been billed as the lead roles. They play the two southern women who's joint story this movie revolves around. Jessica Tandy's role is to relate the story to a lost and longing Kathy Bates (in modern times). Director Jon Avnet ties the two together nicely at times, awkwardly at times, but always (except the end) without doing damage to either. He (and the production crew) bring to life a 'peaceful' southern town very nicely.

The two Marys manage to convey the fullness of a complex relationship with apparent ease. There on-screen chemistry is nothing short of dazzling, and one is left wondering when and how these two actresses carved out such detailed characters without giving voice to their motivations and feelings. While it is rare that dialogue directly addresses the heart and nature of their relationship, what that is becomes clear quickly and transcends the plot of the story to become the real unifying element in this movie. That neither was recognized (in the conventional way) for their performances is unfortunate (which is an understatement).


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