Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)



Critic Consensus: Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carol Sobieski, Fannie Flagg, Jon Avnet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 18, 2000
Universal Pictures


as Evelyn Couch

as Ninny Threadgoode

as Idgie Threadgoode

as Ruth Jamison

as Big George

as Frank Bennett

as Ed Couch

as Grady Kilgore

as Buddy Threadgoode

as Eva Bates

as Teacher

as Smokey Lonesome

as Mama Threadgoode

as Teacher with Mirror

as Prosecutor

as Reverend Scroggins

as Curtis Smoote

as Young Julian

as Leona Threadgoode

as Papa Threadgoode

as Older Julian

as Ruth's Mother

as Boy at Supermarket

as Hooded Man

as Young Naughty Bird

as 2nd Girl

as Buddy Jr.

as Older Naughty Bird

as Bailiff

as Peggy Hadley

as Judge

as Defense Attorney

as Bailiff

as Nurse

as College Buddy

as Mr. Dunaway

as Gas Station Attendan...

as College Dean

as Wingo, Man at Barbeq...

as Gospel Singer

as Smokey Lonesome
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Critic Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12)

[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes

Excellent movie about friendship and love. Kathy Bates' character befriends an old woman who tells stories of her past.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Always love a good southern movie, and well done coming of age drama

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

A bittersweet story about how the Whistle Stop Cafe brought together Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth Jamison & many others & a story to be told by Ninny Threadgoode to a southern woman, Evelyn Couch.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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