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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Kathy Bates
Director: Jon Avnet Cast: Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
, Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
, Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
Jon Avnet


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A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed (Gailard Sartain) barely acknowledges her existence, and while he visits his aunt at a nursing home every week, Evelyn is not permitted to come into the room because the old women doesn't like her. One week, while waiting out Ed's visit, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a frail but feisty old woman who lives at the same nursing home and loves to tell stories. Over the span of several weeks, she spins a whopper about one of her relatives, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson). Back in the 1920s, Idgie was a sweet but fiercely independent woman with her own way of doing things who ran the town diner in Whistle Stop, Alabama. Idgie was very close to her brother Buddy (Chris O'Donnell), and when he died, she wouldn't talk to anyone except Buddy's girl, Ruth Jamison (Mary-Louise Parker). Idgie gave Ruth a job at the cafe after she left her abusive husband, Frank Bennett (Nick Searcy). Between her habit of standing up for herself, standing up to Frank, and serving food to Black people out the back of the diner, Idgie raised the ire of the less tolerant citizens of Whistle Stop, and when Frank mysteriously disappeared, many locals suspected that Idgie, Ruth, and their friends may have been responsible. Evelyn finds herself looking forward to her weekly visits with Ninny, and is inspired by her story to take a new pride in herself and assert her independence from Ed. Fried Green Tomatoes was based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by actress-turned-author Fannie Flagg, who makes a cameo appearance as the leader of a self-help group.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2018
UPC: 0191329070215
Original Release: 1991
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:17:00
Sales rank: 5,488

Special Features

Deleted Scenes & Outtakes The Making of Fried Green Tomtoes Feature Commentary with Director Jon Avnet Sipsey's Recipes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathy Bates Evelyn Couch
Jessica Tandy Ninny Threadgoode
Mary Stuart Masterson Idgie Threadgoode
Mary-Louise Parker Ruth Jamison
Cicely Tyson Sipsey
Nick Searcy Frank Bennett
Gailard Sartain Ed Couch
Stan Shaw Big George
Gary Basaraba Grady Kilgore
Jo Harvey Allen Women's Awareness Teacher
Nancy Moore Atchison Little Idgie
Suzi Bass Nurse
Reid Binion Young Julian
Haynes Brooke Older Julian
Michael Burgess Wingo, Man at BBQ
Chris O'Donnell Buddy Threadgoode
David Dwyer Hooded Man
Tom Even Judge
Genevieve Fisher Peggy Hadley
Fannie Flagg Teacher
Grayson Fricke Buddy Jr.
Bob Hannah Defense Attorney
Tres Holton Boy at Supermarket
Catherine Larson Girl #1
Evan Lockwood Tim
Ted Manson Bailiff
James Mayberry Orderly
Ronald McCall Ocie
Macon McCalman Prosecutor
Wallace Merck KKK Man
Carole Mitchell-Leon Sue Otis
Danny Nelson Papa Threadgoode
Enjolik Oree Older Naughty Bird
Ginny Parker Ruth's Mother
Bob Penny Bailiff
Lashondra Phillips Young Naughty Bird
LaTanya Richardson Janeen
Richard Riehle Reverend Scroggins
Raynor Scheine Curtis Smoote
Timothy Scott Smokey Lonesome
Constance Shulman Missy
Afton Smith Leona Threadgoode
Lois Smith Mama Threadgoode
Missy Wolff 2nd Girl
Grace Zabriskie Eva Bates

Technical Credits
Jon Avnet Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Sara Duvall Producer
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
Fannie Flagg Screenwriter,Source Author
Larry Fulton Art Director
Anne Marie Gillen Producer
Martin Huberty Co-producer
Jordan Kerner Producer
Norman Lear Executive Producer
Lisa Lindstrom Co-producer
Barbara Ling Producer,Production Designer
Deborah Love Asst. Director,Producer
Yuriko Matsubara Producer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Meyer Executive Producer
Debra Neil Editor
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Ric Rondell Co-producer
David Rubin Casting
Shannon Silverman Producer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Carol Sobieski Screenwriter

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