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

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Ed asks Evelyn how in the hell she accidentally hit the other car 6 times. Evelyn only hit the red Volkswagen Bug in the grocery parking lot 4 times. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn's husband brings her flowers, she pulls out previous flowers from the vase and we can see there is no water in the vase. Both bunch of flowers appear to be artificial. See more »

Quotes

Idgie Threadgoode: One time, there this this lake
[pause]
Idgie Threadgoode: and uh, it was right outside of town. We used to go fishin' and swimmin' and canoein' in it, and uh
[sniffle]
Idgie Threadgoode: this one November this flock o'ducks came in and landed on that lake, and uh the tempurature dropped sp fast that the lake froze right there and then the ducks, they flew off ya see
[voice breaking]
Idgie Threadgoode: and took the lake with them
[small sob]
Idgie Threadgoode: and uh, now they say that lake is over in Georgia...
[quite]
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Kid (1996) See more »

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Cherish
Written by Terry Kirkman
Produced by Arthur Baker
Performed by Jodeci
Music Programmed by Axel Kroell
Mixed by Louis Scalise
Courtesy of Uptown / MCA Records, Inc.
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An Excellent Story Within A Story
9 July 2004 | by azifucareSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fried Green Tomatoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,317, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$82,418,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,418,501
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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