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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The "Valdosta" courthouse in the movie (where the trial is held) is not actually Valdosta's courthouse. The real one is white brick, the movie courthouse has red brick. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy hangs up the swinging rope off of the bridge before entering the house, he hangs it on a post on the right side of the bridge. However, when he goes to retrieve Ruth's hat later, he grabs the rope from the left side of the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Prosecutor Percy: Why did you go with Idgie Threadgoode?
Judge: Answer the question Mrs. Bennett.
Ruth: Because she... she's the best friend I ever had, and I love her.
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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 »

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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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Storytelling at Its Best
25 March 2001 | by chronSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie immensely. This is one of the best examples of storytelling that I have seen. The structure of the movie - alternating between the past and present, with multiple intertwining plots - keeps the viewer hooked on how the story will unfold. It unfolds gracefully and is enjoyable throughout.

The acting is exceptional. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker carry the bulk of the acting load. They are fantastic. The relationship between these very different young women is complex and satisfying.

Since the movie is about women and the female roles are so strong, this movie has been dubbed a "chick flick", but that pejorative is unfair. This is good film making and those who like plot-driven cinema will enjoy this immensely. This one is in my DVD collection.


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