Fried Green Tomatoes

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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.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 7.4/10 (29,190 voted)

Jon Avnet

Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson

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.

Writers: Fannie Flagg, Fannie Flagg


Kathy Bates

Evelyn Couch

Mary Stuart Masterson

Idgie Threadgoode

Mary-Louise Parker

Ruth Jamison

Jessica Tandy

Ninny Threadgoode

Cicely Tyson


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

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

Release Date: 27 December 1991

Filming Locations: Agnes Scott College – 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia, USA

Gross: $80,100,000

Technical Specs



(extended version)

Did You Know?


The house where Ruth lives with her husband is located in rural Pike County, GA.


At film end as camera starts pan across Café front, first hanging 'tin' sign is for 2 liter soda 89c. Liters didn't come into U.S. sales until PepsiCo introduced the first two liter sized soft drink bottle in 1970, likely long after Whistle Stop decline.


Idgie Threadgoode:
Believe me when I tell you, I don't want you to move out.

User Review

A Beautiful Film


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.