Fried Green Tomatoes

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jon Avnet
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

Yes, ma'am, how ya doin'?

Is this Rose Hill?


This is Ed Couch.

I'm Vesta Adcock's nephew.

I need to get up there

and see her,

but I'm gonna be late

'cause I'm lost out here.

We're off the Alabama interstate

but I don't know where.

Did you hear that?


The train.

No, I didn't hear

no train.

Oh, nothin',

I guess.

Where's "Whistle Stop" on

the map? I can't find it.

Why did you tell me to

turn right 10 miles back there?

God, you got a negative

sense of direction, hon.

I'm sorry.

Oh, Ed, your aunt's gonna be

so disappointed we're late.

I know she's been looking forward

to this visit all week long.

Bless her sweet,

little ol' heart.

Hey, how's my sweet Auntie V

this afternoon?

Remember us?

Don't you look pretty!

We brought you something.

Let me look at


Don't you know Evelyn loves you?

Well, honey, I guess it'd be

better if you wait out here for me.

I'll get all this stuff.

Well, if you think it's best.

Yeah, I do this time.


Have a nice day,

Aunt Vesta.

Don't you pitch a fit like that!

Did you know

they took my gallbladder out?

No, I didn't.

Oh, yes. Still

in the hospital in a jar.

I guess that's where

they keep 'em.

I guess.

When I was

in the hospital,

the nurse gave me one of them

Fleet enemas they're so fond of.

Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode,

imagine that.


everybody calls me Ninny.

'Course I'm

just visitin' here.

Did you ever have

one of them Fleet enemas?

Um, well?


You'd remember it.

Me and my friend, Mrs. Otis,

come from Whistle Stop.

You ever been

to Whistle Stop?

Why, yes. I just

passed by there today.

She's lived down the street

from me for 30 years or more.

After her son died,

her daughter-in-law had a fit for

her to come live at the nursing home.

They asked me to come

and be her roommate.

Mrs. Otis don't know it, but I'm going

home just soon as she gets settled in good.

Does the name "Idgie

Threadgoode" ring a bell?

Um, no, ma'am.

I don't think so.

You'd remember her.

You see, I was practically

adopted by the Threadgoode family.

I married her brother,

Cleo. Oh, uh-huh.

Idgie and her friend, Ruth,

ran the Whistle Stop Cafe.


Idgie was a character,

all right.

But how anybody

could've thought...

she murdered that man

is beyond me.

I beg your pardon?

You sit and relax a while.

I'll tell you all about it.

Oh, now, let's see.

I 'member the day they pulled

that truck up out of the river.

That same rainy, summer day...

Idgie Threadgoode was arrested for

the murder of the owner of that truck,

Frank Bennett.

I guess,

to understand Idgie,

you'd have to start way back

with her brother, Buddy.

Idgie was Buddy's pet

from the day she was born.

I 'member the day we was all

gettin'ready for Leona's weddin'.

The war had just ended,

the Great one,

you know.

And another one was about to

begin in the Threadgoode house.

Sipsey, honey, is that finished?

Buddy, get dressed, honey. Mama?

Leona, what is it?

Idgie's upstairs

in her room...

and says she won't come out

as long as she lives.

She is gonna ruin my weddin'! Shh.

Leona, you're gonna be

the most beautiful bride.

Of course she is, Papa.

Your papa has spent every last

nickel he has just to make you happy.

Now, you try to act

a little grateful, young lady.

Imogene Louise Threadgoode!

This is your mama!

You come down here right now.

Do you hear me?

Buddy, fetch her. She'll listen

to you. Come on down, little bit.

There's no firin'

squad waitin' for you.

Ohh! Come on,

honey. Let us see you.

You look so pretty.

I see London, I see... Hush!

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Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal; September 21, 1944) is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 motion picture Fried Green Tomatoes. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation. Flagg currently lives in California and Alabama. more…

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