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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.

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writers:

Fannie Flagg (novel), Fannie Flagg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomates verdes fritos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$82,418,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,418,501
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2019, as one of many events during the yearlong celebration of the Alabama Bicentennial (the 200th anniversary of Alabama statehood), the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance presented a staged reading of the screenplay for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Presented with the permission of Fannie Flagg and NBCUniversal Pictures, the reading was directed by UA theatre professor Kelley Schoger and performed by theatre students. The event program credited the screenplay to Fannie Flagg and Jon Avnet (omitting Carol Sobieski, who died while writing the first draft but who nonetheless received onscreen credit and an Oscar nomination as co-screenwriter; and adding the film's director, who reportedly did some uncredited work on the script). Although in 2005 there was a press release announcing that Broadway producer Jeffrey Finn had optioned Flagg's novel for a stage adaptation, neither that version nor any other professional stage adaptation of the material has ever materialized. See more »

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Quotes

Ruth: Don't you ever say never to me.
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Alternate Versions

The TV/DVD versions include a brief scene in which Evelyn gives Ninny a Mary Kaye makeover. See more »

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Referenced in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) See more »

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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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Comfort food in the form of a film
15 March 2017 | by davispittmanSee all my reviews

Fried green tomatoes serves up a serving of feel good entertainment, heartfelt moments, female empowerment, and important messages. This film tells the powerful story of Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy in 1991. Kathy's character meets Tandy's character in a rest home while Kathy's husband is visiting his sick aunt. They quickly form a very special friendship and Jessica begins to tell Kathy stories about two women from years ago. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker come in then, idgie and Ruth. Kathy starts to get inspired by the stories of idgie and Ruth and she starts to change her life for the better, getting into shape, improving her dull marriage with her husband, and becoming less scared to be herself and speak her mind. The stories told about idgie and Ruth involve going through tragedy, becoming lifelong friends and being there for each other. The performances in this sweet southern film are outstanding! Tandy and Bates are riveting and a joy to watch. Masterson and Parker have incredible on screen friend chemistry and their acting is nothing short of amazing, it's raw and real, you believe every thing they do and say. Cicely Tyson is good here too, a very brave and fearless character. The movie offers up great performances from the entire cast, very well written dialogue, heartwarming stories and a great score. The ending makes me cry happy tears every freaking time! 10/10.


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