Fried Green Tomatoes
is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
. It was released in the UK
under the novel's full title. Directed by Jon Avnet
and written by Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski
, it stars Kathy Bates
, Jessica Tandy
, Mary-Louise Parker
and Mary Stuart Masterson
. It tells the story of a Depression
-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny, an elderly woman who knew Ruth and Idgie. The centerpiece and parallel story concerns the murder of Ruth's abusive husband and the accusations that follow.
The film received a generally positive reception from film critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards
. The filmmakers drew criticism from some reviewers for removing the lesbian
content of the book's plot, but the film won a GLAAD Media Award
for 'best lesbian content'.
Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates
), a timid, unhappy housewife in her forties, meets elderly Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy
) in a Birmingham, Alabama
, nursing home. Ninny, over several encounters with Evelyn, tells her the story of the now-abandoned town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and the people who lived there.
Ninny's story begins with tomboy Imogene "Idgie" Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson
), the youngest of the Threadgoode children, whom Ninny describes as her sister-in-law. Idgie's close relationship with her charming older brother Buddy (Chris......