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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 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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Trivia

It marks as one of the final screenplays written by Carol Sobieski, for which she received a posthumous Oscar nominations. She died in 1990, a year before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mama Threadgoode: Imogene Louise Threadgoode? This is your mama. You come down here, right now. Do you hear me?
[to Buddy]
Mama Threadgoode: Buddy, you go fetch her, she'll listen to you.
Buddy Threadgoode: Come down, little bit. No firing squad waiting for you.
[Idgie appears in a formal dress]
Mama Threadgoode: Ohhh! Come on, honey. Now, let us see you.
[Idgie comes downstairs]
Mama Threadgoode: Oh, you look so pretty.
Young Julian Threadgoode: I see London, I see -
[Buddy slaps Julian's head, Mama turns to him]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

They also include additional footage in the final cafe sequence in which Sipsey refuses to give barbecue (with the special sauce) to two colored boys who come to the back door. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fish Out of Water (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
Written by Clarence Paul, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Stevenson
Produced by Arthur Baker
Performed by Taylor Dayne
Mixed by Louis Scalise
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Sweet, Bittersweet, and Intense
18 July 2005 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

This is a film you are bound to fall in love with. All of its characters feel real, intense, reaching out to touch with their passion and the film's nostalgic feel.

It contains some of my favorite performances of all time: Masterson, Parker, Tandy, and Bates give their very best, bringing two life fictional women who feel real, strong, and powerful. The film is very emotional, never maudlin, never disrespecting any of its components or the audience. It allows us to feel we are part of a world that might not exist anymore. What I like most about the film is how it embraces a passion for living.

There is much to be admired about the technical aspects of the film as well. It travels back and forth in time, with a structure that is hard to describe but a joy to watch as it shows how the main relationships were born, developed, and eventually were transformed into something more spiritual. The music is haunting and quite suitable to the delicate relationships, and the photography makes everyone and everything lovely, dreamlike at times.

The film will live on and will eventually be regarded as a classic. It deserves it so.


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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