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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 ([[Performer~P4516~Kathy Bates~kathybates]]) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed ([[Performer~P63205~Gailard Sartain~gailardsartain]]) 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 ([[Performer~P69780~Jessica Tandy~jessicatandy]]), 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 ([[Performer~P46328~Mary Stuart Masterson~marystuartmasterson]]). 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 ([[Performer~P53411~Chris O'Donnell~chrisodonnell]]), and when he died, she wouldn't talk to anyone except Buddy's girl, Ruth Jamison ([[Performer~P55116~Mary-Louise Parker~marylouiseparker]]). Idgie gave Ruth a job at the cafe after she left her abusive husband, Frank Bennett ([[Performer~P64225~Nick Searcy~nicksearcy]]). 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 [[Performer~P89933~Fannie Flagg~fannieflagg]], who makes a cameo appearance as the leader of a self-help group. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 27, 1991


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fannie Flagg Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jessica Tandy Best Supporting Actress 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jessica Tandy Best Actress 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kathy Bates Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carol Sobieski Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Nominee


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


Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet
Shannon Silverman
Jordan Kerner
Yuriko Matsubara
Anne Marie Gillen
Sara Duvall
Barbara Ling
Deborah Love
Carol Sobieski
Fannie Flagg
Book Author
Fannie Flagg
Jon Avnet
Geoffrey Simpson
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Barbara Ling
Production Designer
Larry Fulton
Art Director
Lisa Lindstrom
Martin Huberty
Ric Rondell
Norman Lear
Executive Producer
Andrew Meyer
Executive Producer
Debra Schutt
Set Decorator
Deborah Love
First Assistant Director
Fern Buchner