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Fried Green Tomatoes

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Academy Award-winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this beloved Southern drama based on Fanny Flagg’s best-selling novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Director Jon Avnet’s film moves between two relationships taking place more than a half a century apart. In the modern day story, unhappy Alabama housewife Evelyn Couch (Bates) is surprised when she befriends and bonds with elderly nursing home resident Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy), who fascinates Evelyn with her tales of feisty, tomboy-ish Idgie Threadgoode (Masterson) and her deep friendship with Ruth Jamison (Parker) during the 1920s and 1930s. Through Ninny’s funny, charming, heartbreaking stories of a bygone era, Evelyn learns about two remarkable women whose relationship endured through everything, including running their small-town social hub, The Whistle Stop Cafe, where, in addition to dishing up delectable barbeque and other Southern delights (including those tasty fried green tomatoes!), the Cafe’s employees served up a few major scandals as well. (Dir. by Jon Avnet, 1991, USA, 130 mins., Rated PG-13)

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