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Fried Green Tomatoes -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Fannie Flagg (novel)
Fannie Flagg (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 January 1992 (USA) See more »
The secret of life? The secret's in the sauce.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A Beautiful Film See more (174 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kathy Bates ... Evelyn Couch

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Idgie Threadgoode

Mary-Louise Parker ... Ruth Jamison

Jessica Tandy ... Ninny Threadgoode

Cicely Tyson ... Sipsey

Chris O'Donnell ... Buddy Threadgoode

Stan Shaw ... Big George

Gailard Sartain ... Ed Couch

Timothy Scott ... Smokey Lonesome (as Tim Scott)

Gary Basaraba ... Grady Kilgore

Lois Smith ... Mama Threadgoode

Jo Harvey Allen ... Women's Awareness Teacher

Macon McCalman ... Prosecutor Percy

Richard Riehle ... Reverend Scroggins

Raynor Scheine ... Sheriff Curtis Smoote

Grace Zabriskie ... Eva Bates
Reid Binion ... Young Julian Threadgoode

Afton Smith ... Leona Threadgoode
Danny Nelson ... Papa Threadgoode
Nancy Moore Atchison ... Little Idgie Threadgoode (as Nancy Atchison)

Constance Shulman ... Missy

Nick Searcy ... Frank Bennett

Haynes Brooke ... Older Julian Threadgoode
Ginny Parker ... Ruth's Mother
Tres Holton ... Boy at Supermarket

Ronald McCall ... Ocie
Wallace Merck ... KKK Man
David Dwyer ... Hooded Man
Lashondra Phillips ... Young Naughty Bird
Kathy Larson ... Beetle Girl #1 (as Catherine Larson)
Missy Wolff ... Beetle Girl #2

LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Janeen (as LaTanya Richardson)
Grayson Fricke ... Buddy Threadgoode Jr.
Enjolik Oree ... Older Naughty Bird
Genevieve Fisher ... Peggy Hadley
Tom Even ... Judge
Bob Hannah ... Defense Attorney

Ted Manson ... Bailiff
Carol Mitchell-leon ... Sue Otis
Evan Lockwood ... Tim
Suzi Bass ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Armbruster ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Jacob Avnet ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Michael Burgess ... Wingo, Man at BBQ (uncredited)
Todd Eller ... College Buddy (uncredited)
Bill Ewin ... College Dean (uncredited)
Fannie Flagg ... Teacher (uncredited)
Shelby Hofer ... School Girl (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Shantytown Male (uncredited)
Teretha G. Houston ... Choir Member (uncredited)
James Mayberry ... Orderly (uncredited)
Shannon McCrory ... Threadgood Cousin (uncredited)

Bob Penny ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Leonard Shinew ... Mr. Dunaway (uncredited)
Drew Wilkins ... Young Cleo (uncredited)
Marion Williams ... Gospel Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Avnet 
Writing credits
Fannie Flagg (novel "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe")

Fannie Flagg (screenplay) and
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... producer
Anne Marie Gillen .... executive producer
Martin Huberty .... co-producer
Jordan Kerner .... producer
Norman Lear .... executive producer
Lisa Lindstrom .... co-producer
Yuriko Matsubara .... executive producer
Andrew Meyer .... executive producer
Ric Rondell .... co-producer
Tom Taylor .... executive producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher  (as Debra Neil)
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Art Direction by
Larry Fulton 
Set Decoration by
Debra Schutt 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth McBride 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist
Patrice Coleman .... makeup artist
Gene Witham .... makeup artist: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deborah Love .... first assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Taylor Bennett .... scenic artist (as Franklin T. Bennett)
Ted Boonthanakit .... storyboard artist
Tony Bradley .... construction
John Bullard .... carpenter
Debbie Charboneau .... asst. to construction coordinator (as Deborah Burnett)
Daniel Durning .... carpenter
Daniel B. Foster .... swing gang
Steven Kerlagon .... lead paint foreman
Charles M. Lagola .... set designer
Scott Mobley .... carpenter
Swift Moseley .... key greens
Ruffin Moye .... greensman
Robert Tate Nichols .... set dresser
Chad Simpson .... paint gangboss
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Barry Spencer .... construction foreman
Ann Stacy .... scenic artist
Mark S. Turner .... paint foreman
Karen Young .... on-set dresser
Carolyn Cartwright .... assistant decorator (uncredited)
Carolyn Cartwright .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Adam Snyder .... scenic artist apprentice (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Mary H. Ellis .... sound
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound effects editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Karen Spangenberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Marshall Winn .... sound effects editor
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tony Bradley .... special effects technician
Larry Reid .... special effects
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunt coordinator
Laura Dash .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Joy Hooper .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
M.J. Lord .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Mary Louise Parker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Alexonis .... grip
Denise Bailie .... first assistant camera: second unit
Denise Bailie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Allen Barnwell .... electrician
Lee Blasingame .... lead assistant camera: "a" camera
Adrian Carter .... second assistant camera
Dan Cornwall .... electrician
Stephen Crowley .... electrician
Richard Felber .... still photographer
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Ian Forsyth .... electrician
Jeff Funderburk .... electrician/generator operator
Jay Kemp .... set lighting technician
Scott W. Leftridge .... dolly grip
Tully McCulloch .... best boy electric
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator
David Reeder .... first assistant camera: second unit
Thomas Sorlie .... assistant camera
Bruce Lane .... additional second camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pat Cartwright Barwick .... extras casting assistant coordinator
David Ezell .... extras casting assistant
Cynthia Stillwell .... casting coordinator
Amy Taylor .... additional casting
Diane Alexander .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Cervantes .... costumer
Mitzi Haralson .... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... wardrobe
Jane E. Myers .... set costumer
Kathy Oberlin .... costume constructor
Eileen Sieff Stroup .... assistant costume designer
Amanda Zenil .... costumer
Editorial Department
Karen Broderick .... first assistant film editor (as Karen Whipple)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Sabrina Plisco .... associate editor (as Sabrina Plisco-Morris)
Ken Schretzmann .... assistant editor
Johnie Tidwell Jr. .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Marlon Dwight .... location production assistant
Maida N. Morgan .... assistant location manager
Marc Pilvinsky .... location production assistant
Eric S. Smith .... location assistant
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Teretha G. Houston .... choir member
Maria Newman .... musician
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Paul Pesco .... musician: guitar
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica solo
John Beasley .... composer: additional score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Marsha Lawson Young .... driver producer/writer (uncredited)
Other crew
Pat Cartwright Barwick .... lead stand-in
Melanie Bell .... production assistant
Colleen Cole .... production office intern
Toni Crey .... additional script supervisor
Tim Crone .... animal wrangler: small animals
Norman Gary .... bee wrangler (as Dr. Norman Gary)
Susan Gee .... production financing
Butch Graziano .... head horse wrangler
Tony Grillo .... production assistant
Syd E. Horne .... on-set train coordinator
Nancy Jane King .... production office coordinator
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Senia Phillips .... animal wrangler: small animals
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Brad Stephens .... publicist
Elizabeth Tompkins .... first assistant accountant
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Diane Alexander .... stand-in (uncredited)
Grace Markley-Reiter .... pre-production research (uncredited)
Thomas B. McGrath .... president: Act III Communications (uncredited)
Robert Williams .... thanks

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130 min | 137 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:6 (f) | Iceland:L | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:10 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:12 | UK:PG (video re-rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #31540)

Did You Know?

In July 2008, reported that Mary-Louise Parker said that she, her costar Mary Stuart Masterson, and screenwriter (and original novel author) Fannie Flagg were all strong advocates for depicting in the film the lesbian relationship between Ruth and Idgie that had appeared in the book. However, the director, Jon Avnet, and the producers of the film chose instead to excise the romance and just make the two characters into friends. In the DVD extras, Avnet does say that he considered Idgie and Ruth's food fight scene in the movie as an analogy for a love scene between the two that he chose not to include.See more »
Continuity: Beer disappears from Ruth's hand between shots during baseball gameSee more »
[Evelyn is cut off in a parking lot]
Evelyn Couch:Hey! I was waiting for that spot!
Girl #1:Face it, lady, we're younger and faster!
[Evelyn rear-ends the other car six times]
Girl #1:What are you *doing*?
Girl #2:Are you *crazy*?
Evelyn Couch:Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in On the Set of Sightlines (2003) (V)See more »
Danger Heartbreak Dead AheadSee more »


Is 'Fried Green Tomatoes' based on a book?
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102 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful Film, 28 October 2004
Author: John Pearce ( from England

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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