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  • Judge: Percy, it don't look like you got a case at all. In the first place, there's no body. Second, we got us a preacher that nobody's gonna dispute...
    Prosecutor: But your honor...
    Judge: I'm tellin' you, what you got is a whole lotta nothin'. I say that Frank Bennett got himself drunk, drove into the river and was long ago eaten up and I don't give a goddamn! What we got us here is a case of accidental death. Case dismissed.


  • Evelyn Couch: I never get mad, Miss Threadgoode, never, the way I was raised, it was bad manners. Well, I got mad, and it felt great. I felt like could just beat the shit out of all those punks! Excuse my language. And then when I finish with all those punks, I'll take on all the wife beaters like Frank Bennett, machine gun their genitals, (imitates machine gun) eh-he-he-he-he-he!
    Evelyn Couch: (laughs)
    Evelyn Couch: Towanda will go on a rampage, I'll slip some tiny bombs into Penthouse and Playboys so they explode when you open them. I'll ban all fashion models who weigh under one-hundred-thirty pounds! And I'll give half the military budget to the people over sixty five and declare wrinkles sexually desirable.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: One time, there was this lake, (pause) and uh, it was right outside of town. We used to go fishin' and swimmin' and canoein' in it, and uh (sniffle) this one November this flock of ducks came in and landed on that lake, and uh the temperature dropped so fast that the lake froze right there and then the ducks, they flew off ya see (voice breaking) and took the lake with them (small sob) and uh, now they say that lake is over in Georgia... (quite) imagine that.
    Idgie Threadgoode: (walks over to Ruth) (sobs and starts to cry)


  • Idgie Threadgoode: There's so many (voice breaking) things I wanna say to you.
    Ruth Jamison: No, I love your stories. Tell me a story, Idgie.
    Ruth Jamison: (pause) Go on you old Bee Charmer, tell me a good tall tale.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: It's good to see that you're so happy, and you've slimmed down quite a bit these last few weeks.
    Evelyn Couch: I'm just so happy, Big George and Idgie got off. I would've killed Frank Bennett if I coulda. Did anybody really think that Idgie murdered him?
    Ninny Threadgoode: Some said yes, some said no. The only person who really knew the answer to that was Frank Bennett, and you know what they say, dead men tell no tales.


  • Missy: I hear that they've got an assertive trainin' class for southern women.
    Missy: (looks puzzled)
    Missy: Of course that's a contradiction in terms.


  • Mama Threadgoode: It's an obituary... oh no, honey, Ruth's mother died. And this is from the Bible, it's from the Book of Ruth. And Ruth said: "Whither thou goes, I will go. Where thou lodges, I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people."


  • Evelyn Couch: I can't even look at my own vagina!
    Ninny Threadgoode: Well, I can't help you on that one, honey.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: I can't believe that he swore on the Bible!
    Ruth Jamison: Well, if that judge had looked any closer, he'd have seen that it was a copy of Moby Dick.


  • Ruth Jamison: Idgie Threadgoode, you old beecharmer, you.


  • Ruth Jamison: You're just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That's what you are, a bee charmer.


  • Grady Kilgore: You are absolutely, unconditionally, positively the most stubborn person I've ever known in my life!


  • Ninny Threadgoode: Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Café. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.
    Evelyn Couch: I beg your pardon?


  • Ninny Threadgoode: Did you know they took my gallbladder out?
    Evelyn Couch: Uh, no, I didn't.
    Ninny Threadgoode: Oh yes, still in the hospital in a jar. I guess that's where they keep them.
    Evelyn Couch: I guess.


  • Sipsey: Secrets in the sauce.


  • Ruth Jamison: My daddy used to say there was a separate god for children.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: A heart can be broken, but it will keep beatin' just the same.


  • Sipsey: It's all right, honey. Let her go. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady. And a lady knows when to leave.


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


  • Idgie Threadgoode: That's right, you gump-face, baboon-assed bastard!


  • Little Idgie: What if God made a mistake?
    Buddy Threadgoode: Well, the way I see what it is He doesn't make mistakes. I mean, He made sure we got together, didn't He?


  • Ninny Threadgoode: Oh, what I wouldn't give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the café. Ooh!


  • Teacher: When we think of romance and marriage, what is the first thought that comes into your mind?
    Missy: (whispers to Evelyn) Divorce.
    Missy: Divorce.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: All those people will live as long as you remember 'em.


  • Buddy Jr.: Mommy, I can hit! You should see me. Aunt Idgie. She hit me in the back with a curveball. I didn't duck, and I hardly cried.
    Ruth Jamison: She hit you? Well, she did that to me once too but I think I did cry.
    Buddy Jr.: Mama, I'm sorry if you're sad.
    Ruth Jamison: Well... give me a kiss then, and I'll never be sad again. And you best not be sad either.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: You're never gonna jump, are you?
    Ruth Jamison: Don't you ever say never to me.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: Hey, Evelyn, somebody stole my house.


  • Ruth Jamison: I've been thinkin', maybe I should move on because of Frank and all. I just... don't want you to feel like you have to look out for us. I just don't wanna be selfish, that's all. Maybe if I wasn't here you'd settle down.
    Idgie Threadgoode: I'm as settled as I ever hope to be.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: (last lines) (voiceover) After Ruth died and the railroad stopped runnin', the café shut down and everybody just scattered to the winds. It was never more'n just a little knockabout place, but now that I look back on it, when that café closed, the heart of the town just stopped beatin'. It's funny how a little place like this brought so many people together.
    Ninny Threadgoode: After Ruth died and the railroad stopped runnin', the café shut down and everybody just scattered to the winds. It was never more'n just a little knockabout place, but now that I look back on it, when that café closed, the heart of the town just stopped beatin'. It's funny how a little place like this brought so many people together.


  • Ruth Jamison: (leaving Frank's house) Towanda, the amazin' amazon woman.
    Ruth Jamison: Towanda, the amazin' amazon woman.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: I'm worried about my little friend Evelyn. She said that her husband, Ed, would just be sittin' around watchin' his sports on TV... and she an urge to hit him in the head with a baseball bat.
    Janeen: Oh hell, that seems normal to me.


  • Ruth Jamison: (Talking to Sipsey about Idgie) I can understand havin' a funeral for an arm. I just don't know WHY she insists on callin' him Stump.
    Ruth Jamison: I can understand havin' a funeral for an arm. I just don't know why she insists on callin' him Stump.
    Sipsey: Miss Idgie says everybody else will be callin' him that, we might as well be the first.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: The fryin' pan did more fry chicken that night.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: (Talking to Ruth) See, now is the time for courage. I guess you already know that there are angels masqueradin' as people walkin' around this planet and your mom was the bravest ones of those.
    Idgie Threadgoode: See, now is the time for courage. I guess you already know that there are angels masqueradin' as people walkin' around this planet and your mom was the bravest ones of those.


  • Evelyn Couch: (after candy has been thrown at her) I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesight's failin'.
    Evelyn Couch: I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesight's failin'.
    Evelyn Couch: I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesights failin'.


  • Nurse: I'd thought you'd be happy for Miss. Threadgood.
    Evelyn Couch: (Crying and very upset) Happy? Because she's dead?
    Evelyn Couch: Happy? Because she's dead?
    Nurse: No, that she gets to go home. She just left in a yellow cab.
    Evelyn Couch: (Looking VERY confused) I don't understand...
    Evelyn Couch: I don't understand...
    Nurse: Well, there was really no point in her stayin' here now that Ms. Otis died...
    Evelyn Couch: (Wide eyed) Ms. OTIS died?
    Evelyn Couch: Ms. Otis died?
    Nurse: Well, yes.
    Evelyn Couch: Ms. Otis died!
    Evelyn Couch: (hopping around laughing)


  • Evelyn Couch: Ms. Threadgoode, how about tellin' me some more, about Idgie?


  • Frank Bennett: Well, hello there, miss. And who might you be?
    Idgie Threadgoode: Towanda, to you. Who are you?
    Frank Bennett: Oh, ah, Frank Bennett's the name, Miss... ah, Towanda.
    Idgie Threadgoode: Hmm.
    Frank Bennett: I must say, you are lookin' mighty fine today.
    Idgie Threadgoode: Are you a politician, or does lyin' just run in your family?


  • Ed Couch: What the hell is this?
    Evelyn Couch: That's a low cholesterol. Happy Valentine's.
    Ed Couch: God! Are you tryin' to kill me?
    Evelyn Couch: If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands.


  • Evelyn Couch: Did you hear that?
    Ed Couch: What?
    Evelyn Couch: The train.
    Ed Couch: No, I didn't hear no train.
    Evelyn Couch: Ah, nothin'. I guess.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: I wouldn't be afraid of death if I was you. I'd be more afraid of drivin' in rush hour traffic.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: You know a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beatin' just the same.


  • Sipsey: Miss Ruth is a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: I'm as settled as i ever hope to be.
    Idgie Threadgoode: I'm as settled as I ever hope to be.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: I found out what secret of life is; friends, best friends.
    Ninny Threadgoode: I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: (chasing Ruth) Where are you goin' with my money?.
    Idgie Threadgoode: [chasing Ruth] Where are you goin' with my money?
    Ruth Jamison: (walking to the car) We're goin' home?.
    Ruth Jamison: [walking to the car] We're goin' home?
    Idgie Threadgoode: Who are you to be boss around?.
    Idgie Threadgoode: Who are you to be boss around?
    Ruth Jamison: I'm the one holdin' your money. That's who?.
    Ruth Jamison: I'm the one holdin' your money. That's who?


  • Evelyn Couch: Towanda!, Righters of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Prepare.
    Evelyn Couch: Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
    Ninny Threadgoode: How many of some hormones you takin' honey.
    Ninny Threadgoode: How many of them hormones you takin', honey?


  • Prosecutor: Why did you go with Idgie Threadgoode
    Judge: Answer the question, Ms. Bennett.
    Ruth Jamison: Because she.... she's the best friend I've ever had, and I love her.


  • Buddy Threadgoode: Come on down, little bit, there's no firin' squad waitin' for you.
    Buddy Threadgoode: Come on down, Li'l Bit. There's no firin' squad waitin' for ya.


  • Ruth Jamison: My daddy always use to say there was a separate God for children.


  • Sipsey: Ms. Ruth was a lady, and a lady always know when to leave.
    Sipsey: It's all right, honey. Let her go. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.


  • Evelyn Couch: I can't even look at my own vagina.
    Evelyn Couch: I can't even look at my own vagina!


  • Ruth Jamison: Towanda!, the amazin' amazon woman.
    Ruth Jamison: Towanda, the amazing amazon woman!


  • Grady Kilgore: Ruth, I have to say that Idgie's been a bad infludence on you.
    Grady Kilgore: I have to say. I believe Idgie's been a bad influence on you.
    Ruth Jamison: I agree.
    Ruth Jamison: I agree!


  • Sipsey: Oh!. It don't make no kinda sense. Big ol' ox like Grady won't sit next to a colored child. He eats eggs, shoots right outta chicken's ass?.
    Sipsey: Oh it don't make no kind of sense. Big ol' ox like Grady won't sit next to a colored child. But he eats eggs- shoot right outta chicken's ass!


  • Ed Couch: What the hell is this?
    Ed Couch: What the hell's this?
    Evelyn Couch: That's a low chosetral meal Happy Valentines?.
    Evelyn Couch: That's a low cholesterol meal. Happy Valentine's.
    Ed Couch: God?, are you tryin' to kill me?.
    Ed Couch: God! Are you trying to kill me?
    Evelyn Couch: If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands?.
    Evelyn Couch: If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands.


  • Ninny Threadgoode: You get youself some hormones.
    Ninny Threadgoode: [to Evelyn] You git yourself some hormones!


  • Ruth Jamison: It hasn't anything to do with trains, does it?.
    Ruth Jamison: It hasn't anything to do with trains, does it?


  • Smokey Lonesome: Like I said that you ain't goin' nowhere with Miss Ruth's baby.


  • Evelyn Couch: Hey!, I was waitin' for that spot.
    Girl #1: Face it, lady, we're younger and faster.
    Girl #1: What are you *doin'*.
    2nd Girl: Are you *crazy*.
    Evelyn Couch: Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.


  • Idgie Threadgoode: I don't know what's worse. Church or jail!.
    Idgie Threadgoode: I don't know what's worse, church or jail.


  • Ruth Jamison: Don't you ever say never to me.


  • Ed Couch: Well, honey. What I can't understand is, how in the hell you can hit someone six times by accident.


  • Sipsey: ?Miss Ruth was a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave?
    Sipsey: Miss Ruth was a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave?


  • Ninny Threadgoode: I wouldn't be afraid of death if I was you. I'd be more afraid of driving in rush hour traffic.


  • Evelyn Couch: Face it girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.


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