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




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Release Date:

24 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomates verdes fritos  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$80,100,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


During one of Evelyn's visits to Ninny, Ninny is sporting a new hair-do. Her hair has been cut quite short and colored lavender. However, the next time Evelyn visits Ninny, her hair is once again very long and very white. See more »


Ninny Threadgoode: [to Evelyn] You git yourself some hormones!
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Referenced in The Edwin J. Hill Social Club: God Complex (2009) See more »


Barbeque Bess
Written by Lucille Bogan (as Bessie Jackson)
Produced by Arthur Baker and Hal Willner
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Mixed by Kirk Yano
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A Beautiful Film
28 October 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

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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